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              British Walking Federation

                        PLYMOUTH ARMISTICE TRAIL ORGANISED BY                               THAMES  VALLEY  WALKING CLUB

CONTACT: Di Renton, 10 Fernside Park, Tremar, Coombe, LiskeaRoad, Cornwall          PL14 5HY
Tel: 01579 344281           Email: k9r@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 11km
ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques made payable to Thames Valley Walking Club)
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START VENUE: Life Centre, Milehouse Road, Plymouth, Devon PL2 3DG.
DIRECTIONS TO START: From the A38 take the A386 (Manadon) exit signed ‘Plymouth Argyle Football Club’. Follow the signs for PAFC and Park & Ride signs (approx 1 mile from A38) then sign for Life Centre. You will see the football ground and large car park on your left. Take the next left (Mayflower Drive) and follow sign for parking.
CAR PARKING: At the Start (Free).
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Train *If starting from Plymouth railway station exit station to right & go down Saltash Road Under railway bridge to Pennycomequick R/A & join route into Stuart Road.
Coach Station: **  Alternative start if travelling by coach                                                        
Bus: Buses to Central Park
TERRAIN: Urban areas, roads
REFRESHMENTS: There are numerous pubs, cafes, shops etc along the route.

                                 ROUTE DESCRIPTION  Updated  15 July 2017

                                 R/A = Roundabout   T/L = Turn Left   T/R = Turn Right

 

Exit car park heading towards Plymouth Argyle Stadium T/R between the Stadium & Life Centre. Ahead pass white barrier to R/A with Clock. T/L passing Jubilee Row sign take first T/R  next to lamppost 20 go down hill bear left at fork & bear right at bottom of the hill and continue on path for approx 400m with stone wall on left passing Frog on Left to entrance. T/L into Ford Park Cemetery and at first memorial on left.

 

Q.1 What decorates the Cross?

 

Retrace your steps to gate entrance  T/R onto cycle path sign posted Railway Station follow

path with Central Park Avenue on left to road. T/L Holdsworth Street then T/R on to Central Park Avenue and at Pennycomequick R/A right on Alma road to pedestrian  crossing. Cross road T/L & right  into Stuart Road.*

Cross road T/R continue under arch bridge immediately T/L at bollards down path bear right into Victoria Park (not signed) passing The Park Pavilion Cafe on right continue to reach end of park with the Three Towns Amalgamation  notice  board  & Centenary Stone on left.

Q.2 On the stone, what is the date of Amalgamation?

 

(Before the three towns became the Borough of Plymouth, special stones and markers higlighted the    boundaries between Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse.)

With your back to stone go ahead to left of disused toilet block to exit park to road  use zebra

crossing to cross Molesworth road T/L  & T/R into Edgcumbe Avenue.

 

(At gate in corner of fence on left look across playing fields. The buildings were the Royal Naval Hospital, before being closed. The stone steps in front of you was a military hospital [now a school]. The fields between the two was a tidal creek that was crossed by Mill Bridge linked to the River Tamar. During Victorian wars, wounded servicemen would be brought from ships anchored in the river up the creek to their respective hospitals.)   

 

Follow around keeping fence on left to reach main road. Cross Paradise Road T/R  & T/L through gap in wall into cemetary follow path to the left & up steps passing Stoke Dameral church on left. To end of path T/R & go over old railway bridge in left corner  Cross road  into Waterloo Street up hill to junction cross road T/R & left into Trafalgar Place Lane. At junction T/L passing St Michales Court  on left.  At end of road cross road into Devonport Park, bear right to memorial.

Q.3 Who is the memorial dedicated to?

Facing memorial T/L  ahead taking L/H path down hill  Cafe & Toilets on right.  Ahead through bollards  to Park main entrance.

 

Exit park to road T/R  to cross road at bus stop. T/L follow into Kings Road for approx 550m   passing City College on left to reach Cycle 2 route sign. Cross road, ahead passing bollard follow Cycle 2  sign to Cremyll Ferry  through tunnel. T/L still on Cycle 2 route to Cremyll Ferry cross road before Junction, T/R on Stonehouse Bridge & next R/A T/R  into Durnford Street.  On corner note East Stonehouse  War Memorial.

 

Q.4  What Years does it commemorate?

Continue up hill at the top (Citroen Garge on right) cross road  into Emma Place & T/R on Emma Place Ope  Cross road into Barrack Place. T/L continue ahead along Milbay Road  (not signed) for approx 600m to R/A & Passing gold bullion on right (by Tree) straight on to smaller R/A bear right into Citadel Road up hill at top go straight on passing St Andrews  School on left continue for approx 250m to reach Jewells Guest House on right.  T/R  (Follow sign Hoe & Waterfront)  Elliot Street, where street turns sharp right go ahead across road into The Hoe.T/L about half way along the Hoe on left is a large memorial.

 

Q.5 Which service is it dedicated to?

Continue on past next two Memorials & T/L sign posted City Centre cross road at zebra

crossing continue ahead to cross Notte Street use the pedestrian crosssing  ahead along Armada Way  for  approx 800m.

Passing the  Slug & Lettuce Cafe on right & after  Sun Dial & Fountain  stay on left  hand side to pass Coach Station on left.**   (Alternative start if travelling by coach)   (On exit T/L you are now on route)

 

Continue ahead passing Plymouth Fancy Dress on left to end, go up steps bear right under bridge ahead under 2nd bridge up hill towards Railway Station. 

At the Railway Station Sign T/R sign posted Mutley for approx 330m passing Dawvid House on left to traffic lights.  T/L Houniscombe Road then into Sutherland Road go down hill over railway bridge. Cross Apsley Road  & into Maple Grove, at the bottom of the hill cross road  into Strangray Avenue up hill & at top T/L cross road into Ford Park Cemetery.

 

 Straight ahead passing Visitors  Centre with Cafe & Toilets on right

(The visitors centre is closed Mondays Wednesdays & Fridays Tel No: 01752 665442 They are currentley researching WW1 graves & to date have found almost 800. WW1 graves can be found in various sections which they can advise)      

Continue passing  the Chapel go on to path ignore side turnings up hill to  exit Cemetery at metal gate. T/L  & T/R then immediately T/L down path (oposite red garage door) & T/L to follow path over small hump bridge. T/R & first left  path up hill. T/L on to wide path to R/A with Clock T/R back to Car Park.

When you have completed this trail please use the Permanent Trail Entry Form

The organisers are not liable for accidents, thefts and/or damage to property. Every effort will be made by the organisers to make this a safe, enjoyable and memorable event.

This trail is registered until 31 December 2018