Things to see & do
There are fabulous woods in the Plym Valley, which you can visit at any time or any season. The trees are mostly hardwood such as oak, ash, beech and sycamore - not regimented conifer plantations - which make a glorious scene. At certain times of the year, the ground beneath is awash with carpets of wild flowers.
Plym valley is a 'bridge' between rugged open, windswept moorland and the city of Plymouth and the coast. Ponies, sheep and cattle graze the heather covered tors and walk amongst the Bronze Age stone rows. Enjoy the desolate open vistas of Trowlesworthy and Ditsworthy Warren before you descend from Dartmoor.
The River Plym links the moor to the sea, changing daily from a shallow trickle to a raging torrent, depending on the amount of rain recently fallen on Dartmoor. Kids can find quiet, sheltered spots to paddle or play 'poo-sticks', whilst mums, dads and families picnic on the bank.
In some places the high valley sides form dramatic rocky outcrops, such as the Dewerstone which is famous for challenging rock climbing routes. Other steep slopes are clothed in trees and are almost impossible to walk through, so are a haven for timid wildlife, but give great views if you can get to the top.
Quarries and mines
Plymbridge Woods gives a great opportunity to see how nature has tamed the numerous industrial workings of recent centuries and returned the area to peace and tranquility.
Plym Valley railway
Local railway enthusiasts have embarked on a venture to restore part of the branch line of the Great Western Railway. You can even take a trip on one of their trains.
Don't miss (in May and June)
- Woodland Explorers club
- Plym peregrine chicks hatching
- Free woodland plant survey training
- Guided walk on Dartmoor
- Nightjar walks
- Free tree survey training