Things to see & do


Foxgloves in the woods © NT / Piers Pardoe

Foxgloves in the woods

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.


Dartmoor moorland © National Trust staff

Dartmoor moorland

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.


A lovely place to have a paddle and relax on a hot day © George Taylor

A lovely place to have a paddle and relax on a hot day

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.


One of the dramatic rocky outcrops in the Plym Valley © National Trust staff

One of the dramatic rocky outcrops in the Plym Valley

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.

What's on

Throughout the year we have a number of guided trails from evening bird and bat walks to history walks that take you through Dartmoor's rich past.


From woodland and riverside walks to climbing rocks, there's something for everyone. We've teamed up with Sports England and can now offer exciting ways to get sporty - running and cycling to prambles.

Quarries and mines

Can you imagine stone from here building London Bridge? © Steve Waterhouse

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

This platform would have been bustling with visitors in the 1950s © National Trust

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.

Plym Peregrine project

See one of nature's top predators up close.  During the breeding season (February - July) our dedicated volunteers can show you the birds raising their young;  teaching them to fly, hunt and survive

Don't miss

  • The summer woodland flowers
  • Variety of cycling events this month
  • Our new orienteering courses
  • Rock climbing on the Dewerstone with Spirit of Adventure

Come rain or shine