Blow out the cobwebs and explore the beauty of Plymouth and the surrounding areas this winter. 

Britain's Ocean City offers a variety of walks for all tastes and abilities, from scenic waterfront views to tranquil woodland trails.

Whether you want to stroll along the historic Barbican, admire the stunning Hoe, or discover the hidden gems of the countryside, you will find something to suit your mood and interest. Don't forget to wrap up warm!


Waterfront Walks 

Plymouth Hoe

Waterfront walks in Plymouth don't get more iconic than at a trip to Plymouth Hoe. Head up to the area of high land and gaze out to sea for stunning views of The Sound and beyond.

Count how many boats you can spot on the water and if it gets a tad chilly you can warm up with nice hot drink from one of the many cafes along the watefront. 


Royal William Yard

One of the most picturesque places in Plymouth to head for a winter walk is the iconic grade I listed Royal William Yard.

The historic area is the largest collection of military buildings in Europe. Take in the beauty of the yard this winter, and visit some of the festive markets that are held weekly throughout the Christmas period.


The Barbican

Walk out the winter blues along the historic cobbled streets of The Barbican. Visit the iconic Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrims sailed to discover America, check in at one of the many cafes or bars dotted along the historic port, or catch the night reflections in Sutton Harbour.

Mount Batten Pier

Wrap up warm and head to Mount Batten for unrivalled views across Plymouth. Make your own way there, or hop on the regular ferry service from the Barbican Landing Stage and you'll be met with jawdropping glances across Plymouth Sound to Smeaton's Tower, Drake's Island and beyond.


South West Coast Path 

Take in the sights and sounds along the Plymouth area of the South West Coast Path. 

Starting from the Cremyll Ferry you make your way across the waterfront via the stunning Royal William Yard, Plymouth Hoe, The Barbican and all the way along to Mount Batten Pier. The three to five-hour walk is a stunning way to see the very best of Plymouth.


Wooded Walks 

Saltram House

Head to the stunning Georgian Mansion, Saltram House, on the outskirts of Plymouth and prepare to be amazed at the beauty of the gardens and wildlife. 

Set across 500 acres of land including saltmarshes, meadows, woodland and an estuary, the area offers vast opportunities to embrace the winter season, and many of its routes are dog-friendly. 


Mount Edgcumbe 

Head to the Royal William Yard, hop on the Edgcumbe Belle Ferry and escape to Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park for a winter walk. Set across 865 acres of land the gardens are a stunning venue to go for a stroll.

Visit the famous historic house perched at the peak of the gardens, or check out one of the several pebbly beaches which look out onto Plymouth Sound.


Dartmoor National Park

Take a short journey north of Plymouth and you'll fall into the natural beauty of Dartmoor National Park. Embrace mile after mile of the stunning landscape which is dotted with animals, heritage, history and so much more. 

The area is home to the largest number of archaeological remains in Europe and many stunning walks which offer views all the way out to Plymouth Sound. 


Plymbridge Woods

Immerse yourself in the beautiful Plymbridge Woods. Check out the colourful trees and serene landscapes in the woods and follow the scenic Plym Valley Trail that offers a great opportunity to get close to wildlife as well as historical sites on the route.


Tamar Valley 

The fascinating Tamar Valley offers a plethora of delightful experiences for those who choose to explore its picturesque landscape on foot. The Valley boasts a rich history and heritage with ancient ruins, country estates quaint villages and jaw-droppin views of the River Tamar. From gentle riverside strolls to challenging uphill climbs, the area is suitable for new explorers the seasoned plodder.


Royal William Yard Geo Trail

Explore Plymouth's past with the Royal William Yard Geo Trail. Collect your geo guide from the welcome suite at the Royal William Yard Gatehouse and take a journey across the yard, scanning the Geo Trail QR codes as you go. 

Each code will teach you something new about Plymouth including how Drake's Island was formed from Volcanic Rock, a tropical climate of times gone by and much more. 


Plymouth Trails 

A great way to get out, stretch your legs and learn about Plymouth is by taking on one of the Plymouth Trails. The free-to-download app uses real-time maps to guide you around the city. Each stop contains a mix of text, images and videos. There are image overlay stops where you can experience Now & Then, with archival images merging over the current view.

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