Plymouth Hoe to Saltram House

Saltram House, Plymouth, Devon PL7 1UH

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Saltram © NTPL/Rupert Truman


Enjoy many spectacular views like this one overlooking the Plym Estuary © NTPL/Rupert Truman

Enjoy many spectacular views like this one overlooking the Plym Estuary

Route overview

From Plymouth Hoe travel east, through the historic Barbican, passing the Mayflower Steps and the Aquarium.  Follow the South West Coast Path (SWCP) to Laira Bridge, then head north past Chelson Meadow and into the beautiful parkland of Saltram House.

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Route map of the Plymouth Hoe to Saltram House cycle trail
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Start: Plymouth Hoe, gird ref: SX477538

  1. Plymouth Hoe: Leave the Hoe down the ramp at the eastern end, the Citadel will be directly in front of you. Keeping the Citadel on your right go past the main gate, the new 29 Commando memorial will be on your right. Turn right - take care descending as the road is steep and the left onto Southside Street is quite tight. At the no entry signs turn right towards the white swing bridge, the Mayflower Steps will be on your right.

    Show/HideMayflower Steps

    One of the highlights of the historic Barbican are the Mayflower Steps, the departure point of many a voyage - most famously the Pilgrim Fathers.

  2. Dismount and cross the swing bridge towards the Marine Aquarium. Once past the Aquarium you will be joining the SWCP; follow the red signs attached to the lamp posts. After a short spell on the road you will need to turn right at the large red and white navigational marker, the short climb up the path is rewarded by the finest views of the Sound. Take care when descending into the fish docks, there are old tram tracks criss-crossing the road.

    Show/HideOld fish docks

    Although a little run dowon these days the old dockyard gives a feel for how bustling Plymouth must have been.

  3. Cattedown: Once through the old docks you'll rejoin the road. Follow the SWCP signs and you'll begin to pick up Sustrans Route 27 signs at this point as well. At the first roundabout, turn right and join the cycle path on the far pavement. Follow the cycle route around Cattedown until you come to the T-junction at Laira Bridge. Use the pedestrian crossing to get across the bridge and join the shared-use path on the northern pavement and continue towards Plymstock (east). At the end of the bridge turn left immediately, this will be signed toward the Recycling Centre at Chelson Meadow. Continue on the Ride until you reach a gate at the far end.

    Show/HideLaira Bridge

    You get a great view of the old Laira bridge, just to the north of the new road bridge.

  4. Saltram House: Go through the gate and turn right; the roads in the parkland are not brilliantly surfaced so take care. Follow this route as it begins to climb up a shallow valley, the House will appear up on your left. Go through another gate and into the car park, turn left and the cycle parking will be in front of the shop.

    Show/HideSaltram House

    The House is well hidden until you start the climb into the parkland.

    Saltram © NTPL/Rupert Truman
  5. Plym Wetlands: Once you've had a break at the House, cycle past the House and follow the road round as it descends towards the river. At the Plym turn left and follow the trail along the estuary, back to the gate at the bottom of the park. The return route from here is the reverse of the route out.

    Show/HideViews of the Plym

    The views back across the river are spectacular. Take a look at the wetland enclave which has been designed for bird watching.

    Enjoy many spectacular views like this one overlooking the Plym Estuary © NTPL/Rupert Truman

End: Saltram House, grid ref: SX520556

  • Trail: Cycling
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 4 miles (6.4km)
  • Time: 2 hours
  • OS Map: Landranger 201
  • Terrain:

    Initial steep coastal section quickly gives way to designated cycle routes along the Plym Estuary and rolling countryside. The gradual climb up to the House is not as long as it looks and there is a cafe to refresh the weary cyclist.

  • How to get here:

    By bike: This route starts from Plymouth Hoe but can be joined from almsot any part of East Plymouth

    By train: Plymouth is on the South West mainline with hourly trains from London, Exeter and Penzance

    By car: Follow signs to Plymouth City Centre and then signs to Plymouth Hoe. Several pay and display car parks

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