With the festive season upon us, it's 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 chocolates, 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 winter 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.

   

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.

   

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 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.

   

Plymouth Trails App

The free Plymouth Trails app is a great way to explore the city with lots of easy-to-follow trails. The app is also packed with information and cool features, including selfie frames and the ability to overlay video and images onto the landscape in front of you for a real ‘then and now’ snapshot of the city.

There are three main trails, which were created for the app and all have audio options too:

  • Mayflower Trail: Following a circular route around the Barbican, see the buildings and meet the people that shaped the city in 1620, when the Mayflower ship and its passengers set sail for America.
  • City Centre Trail: Discover a different side to our imposing post-war architecture in the city centre and learn more about how the city was rebuilt following the Blitz during World War II
  • Plymouth Hoe Trail: Enjoy a bracing walk along the coast as you delve into Plymouth’s maritime history, taking in key landmarks such as Tinside Lido and Smeaton’s Tower.

   

The Barbican to the Hoe

The historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour are the heart of the city's heritage with the oldest buildings and the greatest number of historical stories. The Hoe is a breath-taking parorama with unbeatable views across Plymouth Sound. It's where you can find the iconic Smeaton's Tower lighthouse, the glorious Tinside Lido and impressive 17th century Royal Citadel. 

You cannot beat the walk from the Barbican across the Hoe and back. Wherever you turn you'll see stunning scenery and iconic insta worthy shots. 

   

Burrator Reservoir

Undisturbed Burrator is surrounded by mixed woodland which sharply contrasts with the open moor and rugged Dartmoor tors.

The reservoir is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders due to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. Many of the trails lead on to Dartmoor so it makes an ideal starting point for longer trips.

The circular walk which follows the lanes around the water is ideal for families as it is easy going and flat. It will take between 1.5 - 2 hours to complete and is approximately 3.5 miles. 

   

Dartmoor National Park

A wonderful and exhilarating place, Dartmoor’s 386 square miles has so many options for getting active. Explore the highest tors or tackle the steepest hills on foot as you take it the scenery and come across the wild ponies grazing across the terrain. If your handy with a camera, this is the place to grab a stunning image.

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