This section of the South West Coast Path takes us through parts of the largest city on the South Coast of England – Plymouth.
This modern yet historically significant maritime city is an accumulation of several once very separate towns – Plymouth, Stonehouse, Devonport and Plympton as well as numerous villages, including Cattedown, Oreston, Hooe and Turnchapel, each of which this walk passes through.
This walkway begins at Admiral’s Hard, and assumes that you have crossed from Cornwall into Devon on the Cremyll Ferry. This crossing from Cremyll into Plymouth’s Georgian Stonehouse area is a very ancient and pleasant one and offers fine views of the entrance to the Tamar – the Hamoaze – and the lower reaches of Devonport, as well as Drake’s Island and Plymouth Sound.
As you then begin to follow in the footsteps of famous explorers, pioneers and artists, you will encounter iconic naval buildings, breath-taking views over the natural harbour of Plymouth Sound and the intriguing characteristics of the former towns and villages that make up this original marine city.
If you are open to small detours from the path, you will discover further delights of vibrant marinas, charming cobbled streets and plenty of friendly places for refreshments.
Those visiting Plymouth Hoe for the first time will doubtless marvel at how close this attractive public open space is to one of the world’s finest natural harbours so why not explore some of the city’s rich heritage or experience Plymouth from the water.