CONTACT: Di Renton, 10 Fernside Park, Tremar, Coombe,
LiskeaRoad, Cornwall PL14 5HY
Tel: 01579 344281 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques made payable to Thames Valley Walking Club)
AWARoad: Cloth badge at £2.50 each
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 (
CAR PARKING: At the Start (Free).
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Train: Plymouth train station is about a 15-minute walk from the Plymouth Life Centre site, via Alma Road or through Central Park. Alternatively there is a taxi rank just outside the station and a bus stop a few minutes’ walk away on
Bus: Buses to Central Park
TERRAIN: Urban areas, roads and coastal paths
REFRESHMENTS: There are numerous pubs, cafes, shops etc along the route.
With your back to the Life Centre cafe, turn left & walk around to the rear of the building. Walk through car park to Outlands Road. Cross road & turn left. At Scott Road junction note plaque on wall.
Continue straight on. At traffic lights go ahead into
Milehouse Road, straight on uphill & continue ahead to reach traffic lights.
Cross FoRoad Hill & continue straight on up
Follow around to reach the fort entrance & exit to road. Turn left on road & at junction with Devonport Road turn left, then turn right into Church Street. Continue straight ahead at cross roads into Underhill Road. At T junction turn right over railway then immediately turn first left. (Note the bullet & blast holes in the metal bridge where a German Me 109 shot at a train during WW2).
Follow road passing flats on the right to the bottom of
hill. Turn left to traffic
lights. Turn right into
(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 road, turn right & go into small park, follow path to the left & up
steps passing Stoke Dameral church on left. From church grounds turn right &
go to old railway footbridge in left corner, turn left after bridge into
Go ahead to traffic lights cross junction & turn right into Devonport Park, follow path forking right uphill then centre path passing cafe [toilets at rear also dog friendly] to memorial. Follow circular path anti clockwise to Boer War memorial gun.
Turn right at the gun, take path towards houses go through fence, turn left with small park on right, keep on path & follow to road. Turn left into St Nazaire Approach (sign at far end) and onwaRoads to main road, go straight ahead into Ragland Road using crossing. Continue ahead through bollaRoads, passing gatehouse on right. (This was the gatehouse of Raglan barracks). Continue ahead on road to reach main road. Cross road & turn right.
At bus stop bear left into Theatre Ope. (The imposing building ahead was Devonport’s town hall until its amalgamation with Plymouth.) Turn left into George Street. Continue ahead & turn right into Clowance Street. Continue ahead to T junction. (On the other side of the high wall you can see the gable end of the old rope store. Just before the rope store there is also a last working gallows).
Turn left & continue on path, Turn left along water front to end up at a spiral staircase. (To your right is a ship’s wooden figurehead locally known as ‘King Billy’. It was during the reign of King William that the large stone building across the water to your left, the Victualling YaRoad / William yaRoad was completed, and named after him. The large shed behind Billy was used for the building and refitting of wooden warships.) (The statue above is of ‘Scott of the Antarctic’ – a local hero.)
Climb staircase, continue ahead along path to reach pavement & continue to reach roundabout, turn right. At next roundabout turn right into DurnfoRoad Street & uphill. (The coat of arms on the wall is that of Stonehouse, which was once a separate town to both Plymouth & Devonport.)
At the top of the hill bear right into
Keeping water on your right walk past gun emplacements
& past a car park, then follow road to Artillery tower and continue on road
past toilets. Take foot path on right. Continue past the blue gates of
Nazareth House on right & straight on past St Pauls Church into
Continue past Stonehouse Barracks & take next right
With your back to the tower, cross the Hoe to the largest memorial. Standing just in front of the memorial, you will see a bowling green on your left. (It was here that Drake was reputed to have played bowls whilst the Armada sailed up the channel. Take time out to look at the magnificent memorials.) Continue along the Hoe going to the left of the telephone kiosk at the end. Follow path around to left towards an obelisk.
Go down next steps, turn left & continue straight ahead crossing road to pass Citadel Gateway on right & Commando memorial on left. Continue along Lambhay Hill. At fork bear left into Lambhay St (no through road), then use steps ahead. Turn right downhill past pillar to gap in wall & sharp left down steps.
(On road look at
plaques on wall on left). Go downhill past the Admiral MacBride PH (dog
friendly) passing the Mayflower steps on right, cross road to ‘mine’. Cross
again & turn right into New Street, Plymouth’s oldest street, just past the
Liberty Tudor House, take alleyway on right (White Lane). Turn left on
Turn right on
Ahead to take fourth left into
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Behind the memorial go towards house with sign ‘Queens
Gate Villas’ & continue past it to main road. Turn left on
Bear left & continue ahead on Hyde Park Road. At Gabriels Church, turn left down Peverell Terrace. At T-junction turn right and at bottom of hill turn left between stone pillars into park. From the stone gate posts of Central Park opposite Barn Park Road, go straight on up the tarmac avenue. At the end turn left with car park on your right, pass Plymouth Argyle football ground on your left to reach the Life Centre and the end of the walk.
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 2017