Great short walks in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall

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Details of some great short Plymouth walks for you to enjoy. All located within a 15 minute drive from anywhere in Plymouth. I've given suggested maps and walking books for you to purchase from the book store.

As an avid walker I’ve had some great days out walking in Plymouth and the surrounding Devon and Cornwall area. In most cases it takes 15 minutes by car to reach great locations in and around Plymouth or 20 minutes by train. The views are breathtaking on the way and the walks make a fantastic day out. Plymouth and the surrounding area has lots to offer with magnificent coastlines or enchanting moors and tors to walk.

Plymouth visitors walk taking in the Hoe, Barbican and City Centre is here.

Dartmoor walks are available on the following page.

Cann Woods and Boringdon Camp hillfort walk.

Boringdon Camp is located in Cann Woods near Plympton, Plymouth and is a favourite walking site for dog owners. The walk is waymarked and a map of the walk is located in the tree lined car park which is free to use. Cann woods takes up 230 hectares and is a key feature of this walk and managed by the Forestry Commission. In the valley is the stunning Plym River running from Plym head via Shaugh Prior and then through Plympton to the sea. The free car park is located on the left just after the Woodside Animal Welfare Trust. The trail is waymarked with wooden posts highlighted with a blue line around the top and arrows at turning points.

I'd suggest good walking boots in wet or winter weather as the paths can be muddy in places. Take a picnic with you as tables are provided in places around the circular walk. 

Cotehele House by rail and walk.

Cotehele House and gardens a National Trust property in Cornwall can be reached by rail from Plymouth on the Tamar line. Take the train to Calstock station and Cotehele house is about 1 1/2 miles walk from the station and is clearly signposted. The walk takes you along the river Tamar and uphill through Cotehele woods to the house.

Plymbridge Woods to Weir walk

Free parking is available by the bridge google map. Walk back up the road towards a gate with signpost board with map of Plymbridge woods. The map gives details of the walks along the Plym river. The walk to the Weir is on this side of the Plym river. 

Saltram House walk

Saltram House is a National Trust property located in Plympton, Plymouth. A car park is provided for visits. Detail of the short walk around the estate of just one mile are here

Radford Park walk

Free parking is available at the Beckly Centre just off Hooe Road in Plymstock. Google map of this short Plymouth walk is here and is one of the many parks in Plymouth. Radford lake is one of the key features of this walk which is frequented by swans and ducks. The walk is suitable for all with good paths around the park.

Buckland Monachorum and the Walkham Valley

Circular walk of 5 miles starting and finishing in the pretty village of Buckland Monachorum. Directions to Buckland Monachorum here and details of the walk are here. Limited parking is available in the village.



Burrator Reservoir walk

Parking can be found in many places around the reservoir, directions to the reservoir are on this google map. The walk is on the flat and follows the road that goes around Burrator Reservoir and is 3.8 miles long. It is ideal as a winter walk as no worry about muddy paths. You can start at any place on this circular walk, here is the map. There is lots of wildlife to see on your journey around the lake so keep your eye out and your camera at the ready.

Wembury to Heybrook Bay walk

The car park can be found on google map

The walk is along the coastal path from Wembury cafe on the beach at Wembury to Heybrook Bay and return. A map of the walk can be found here with full detail on National Trails site. The walk is about 4 miles in total and is mainly level with great views out to sea. A longer 6 mile walk to Mount Batten point along South West Coast path is here. Full details on the South West Coast Path National Trail website

Mount Edgcumbe Estate to Kingsand walk

The Mount Edgcumbe estate sits within 865 acres of Country Park on the Rame Peninsula in South East Cornwall. In can be reached by car or by taking the Cremyll Ferry from Plymouth. Parking is provided by the council and the car park is located by Toll Cottage. The walk gives you great views of Plymouth Sound and Plymouth Hoe. A google map of the walk can be found here. Full details of the walk are available on the South West Coast Path Cremyll to Kingsand and return. If you like a walk around the Earl's gardens at Mount Edgcumbe estate here is the map.

Walking with Groups

Plymouth Ramblers have regular organised walks within a 20 mile radius of Plymouth. They have a try before joining policy for those interested.

Dartmoor National Park Authority have guided walks and details can be found on their website under visiting and click on Explore Dartmoor.

Other Walking Sites

Go for a walk in Dartmoor is at dartmoor.co.uk and has details of walks that are graded as easy, moderate or hard. 

BBC Devon website has details of a walk around the centre of Plymouth with some history of the centre of Plymouth.

Walking for Health Natural England has planned walks around Plymouth giving details of the history of the city and last for 1-2 hours.

The Countryside Code

Please follow the Countryside Code.

Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs.

Leave gates and property as you find it.

Protect plants and animals and take your litter home.

Keep dogs under close control.

Consider other people.



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