The lull between Christmas and the back-to-work mayhem of January is the perfect time to get out on a walk and explore with the whole family.

Walking is good for your body and mind, so if you’ve eaten your fill of mince pies and turkey sandwiches, some fresh air will help you feel brighter - or clear your head after one too many mulled wines!

We’ve pulled together a list of our favourite winter walks in and around Plymouth, which are suitable for the whole family. Wrap up warm and head out to enjoy those fresh December days.

Saltram

A beautiful Georgian mansion, the National Trust owned Saltram House sits in 500 acres, with an incredible range of habitats to see including saltmarshes, meadows, woodland and an estuary.

There are lots of dog-friendly walking routes around the park, including a circular route which starts and finishes in the car park and takes you to the banks of the River Plym.

Parking costs £3 or free for National Trust members.

Polar Bear Explorer  

Get outside with the family to become a Polar Bear Explorer! There are 20 polar bear cubs to find, hidden in shops, cafes and hotels along Plymouth’s stunning waterfront. Each bear cub is accompanied by a special fact so you can learn more about the oceans and how to protect our environment.

Find all 20 cubs by 3 March for the chance to win one of many great prizes. Find out more here.  

Plymbridge Woods

The Plym Valley Trail cuts through the National Trust-owned Plymbridge Woods. This gentle trail is perfect for walking or cycling – so a great place to test out any bikes or scooters that Santa delivered!

There’s free parking and easy-to-follow walking routes, find out more on their website.

Penguins: A LEGO brick trail

Santa has called on all his penguin helpers this year, and they’re spreading Christmas magic throughout Plymouth city centre! There’s 20 penguins to find in shops and businesses – 19 Rockhoppers and one extra special Emperor.

Find all 20 by 3 January for the chance to win a family holiday to LEGOLAND Windsor Resort. Find out more here.

Central Park

Head to Plymouth’s largest park for an enjoyable, easy walk along wide boulevards, which cut through open meadows and woodland. The park also has fantastic views towards Plymouth Sound and Cornwall.

Plus, with the recently refurbished skate park and The Central Park Play Space – containing swings, a roundabout, balance beams, climbing structures and zip wires – there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Mount Edgcumbe

Cross the water into Cornwall for a walk around the beautiful grounds of Mount Edgcumbe. The Cremyll Ferry crossing takes just 8 minutes from Stonehouse, and will be running a limited service on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Mount Edgcumbe Country Park covers over 865 acres, so there’s lots to explore. Find easy to follow trails on their website.

Wembury Point

Just a half hour drive from Plymouth you’ll find Wembury Point. With a beach and beautiful walks along the coastline, it’s guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs and wake you up from your Christmassy slumber!

There are lots of different walking routes you can take, so choose from a short stroll or a longer hike over tougher terrain, depending on your mood. Find lots of walks on their website.

Parking costs £5 or free for National Trust members.

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