Carkeel Roundabout is the first roundabout road users reach when arriving in Cornwall if travelling from Plymouth across the Tamar Bridge on the A38. The A388 road connects Carkeel to the north of the county. Carkeel is just under a mile from the village of Botus Fleming and also close to the hamlet of Hatt.
To the immediate south of the hamlet is an industrial and retail estate which includes a large branch of Waitrose, a B & M store and the Tamar Tyre Centre. There are also services including a Travelodge and a BP service station, together with branches of Burger King, Greggs and Subway.
To the north of the hamlet, along Callington Road, is Tamar View Nurseries, together with a number of other shops.
In early 2018 plans were approved by Cornwall Council to build a large retail park on the opposite side of Carkeel Roundabout from the existing industrial estate. Building work began in August 2018 and it is anticipated that 165 jobs for local people will be created at planned branches of McDonald's, Costa Coffee, Home Bargains and an Iceland (supermarket).
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