Category: Outdoor

Plymouth has some great open spaces, why not discover somewhere new on your daily dose of exercise.

Not only are open spaces good for our well-being, but are one of the few places you can enjoy whilst following social distancing guidelines and Government advice in light of COVID-19.

Plymouth Hoe

Follow in the footsteps of Sir Francis Drake and gaze out over the magnificent Plymouth Sound – one of the world’s finest natural harbours.  Walk past Smeaton's Tower, one of the world's most famous lighthouses built by John Smeaton in 1759 on the Eddystone Rocks and breathe in the fresh sea air.  

Mayflower Steps

Don't miss a walk to the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrims set sail for America in 1620 - they eventually landed in 'New Plymouth' and over 20 million Americans are believed to be descended from these travelers. Take a stroll along the cobbled streets of the Barbican and enjoy the tranquility of the usually bustling Southside street.     

Sutton Harbour

Explore the one-mile circular route off the South West Coast Path with its fantastic views of the historic Sutton Harbour. The walk is on level tarmac surfaces and is accessible for walkers, wheelchair users and pushchairs.

Central Park

Walk, cycle or run along the wide boulevards through Central Park's open meadows and woodlands, up and down hills with fantastic views over the city towards Plymouth Sound and Cornwall. 

Devil’s Point

Enjoy the spectacular views across to Mount Edgcumbe and Drake's Island beyond. Devil’s Point is also known as Western Kings Point. The site played an important military role during the Second World War. The former reservoir was used by water boats to fill up navy ships.  Please note the car park is not open at this time.

Freedom Fields Park

If you live in the areas of Lipson, St Jude’s, Greenbank or near to the city centre Freedom Fields is a gorgeous park to enjoy some daily exercise. Close to Greenbank and Lipson this beautiful historic park will give you an amazing view across Plymouth Sound. To the west of the park there is a wildflower meadow with bluebells, snowdrops, and wild daffodils.

Image credit: Kathy Turner

Devonport Park

Enjoy the extensive views of the River Tamar whilst walking through Devonport Park. Dating back to the 19th century, this is the oldest formal public park in Plymouth.

Radford Park

If you’re in Plymstock or Hooe, this park is perfect for your stroll out with its rolling green hills and view across to Hooe Lake. It is situated in the grounds of the former Radford House, a grand Tudor building and home of the Harris Family and their successors the Bulteels.

Ham Valley

Discover the joys of Ham Valley nature reserve with its woodland, rough grassland, hedgerows and marsh. More than 200 species of plants and almost 80 species of birds have been recorded within the woods.

Plymbridge Wood

Explore Plymbridge Wood, the wooded valley of the River Plym. Springtime sees the woodland floor covered with wild flowers and it makes a great spot for watching fallow deer and a wide range of birds.

Nearby to Plymbridge Woods is the Plym Valley which provides excellent traffic free cycling. This 29 kilometre route takes you from Laira Bridge to Dartmoor National Park.

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