Activities

Cycling

A great ride for the family through the woods

A great ride for the family through the woods

If it's varied scenery you're after, then hop on your bike and explore the Devon Coast to Coast (National Route 27) trail, taking in estuaries, moorland, woodland and market towns.  This 100 mile (160km) route between Ilfracombe and Plymouth was the first Sustrans cycle route to be created, 40 years ago in 1967.  10 miles (16km) of this route goes through the Plym Valley, following the old Great Western railway line.  Nearly half of the route is along traffic-free, former railway lines, making it great for the whole family.

Family cycle trail

Get outdoors © NTPL/John Millar

A 10 mile (16.1km) ride following the route of an old Great Western Railway track.

Starting in glorious oak woodland, you will go past dramatic industrial remains and emerge into open countryside.

Off-road mountain bike trail

Get outdoors © NTPL/John Millar

Give our new Plym Ridge ride a try.  For the experienced mountain bike rider ......

Dartmoor Tracker Pack

Become a real life Dartmoor explorer - you can do the activities below any time or anywhere, but take care when rivers are full and fast flowing.

Ask the grown-ups to read the safety tips first.

Walking

A woodland wander

Oak leaf in a National Trust forest © Simon Fraser

A 1 mile (1.6km) circular walk through ancient oak woodlands, beside the River Plym. On your walk you'll see remains of the area's industrial past and there are stunning views from the viaduct across the valley.

There's a chance you may see kingfishers, sea trout, dippers, peregrine falcon, deer on your travels - so keep your eyes peeled.

A canine caper

Your dog will love this walk © Quarry Bank Mill Images

A 2.7 mile (4.3km) circular walk perfect for all types and sizes of dog, through ancient oak woodlands beside the River Plym, taking in the industrial past from the Victorian era.

Along the way look out for kingfishers, sea trout, dippers, peregrine falcons, deer and other wildlife.

Bricks, boulders and bronze

Many Bronze Age structures have been found to contain fragments of pottery © National Trust staff

A 3.5 mile (5.6km) walk through woodland and open moorland, with stunning views of Dartmoor and the South Hams countryside.  Although not a particularly long walk, you will encounter some steep inclines and sometimes quite boggy areas.

Adventure stick

What discoveries can you find today .... © Froghopper Design

What discoveries can you find today ....

Collect cool discoveries on your travels to add to your adventure stick.

Camouflage mask

Can anybody see you? © Froghopper Design

Can anybody see you?

When you've made a mask, see if you can spy on creatures without them seeing you ...

Human camera

Share your  favourite photo © Froghopper Design

Share your favourite photo

Take some photos with the other members of your expedition.

Nature's orchestra

Join in with the music around you © Froghopper Design

Join in with the music around you

Find some instruments and get in tune with nature.

Perfect riverside homes

I wonder who lives here .... © Froghopper Design

I wonder who lives here ....

See if you can find homes for all the creatures on this sheet.

River snakes

I wonder what treasures you'll find .... © Froghopper Design

I wonder what treasures you'll find ....

What can you find in the river snakes?

Slow flow or speedy sprint

Can you run as fast as the river? © Froghopper Design

Can you run as fast as the river?

Have a go at this experiment to find out how fast or slow the river's flowing.

Top tracker

I wonder who's footprints these are .... © Froghopper Design

I wonder who's footprints these are ....

See what creatures you can track, using the top tracker chart.

What's rocking and rolling

I wonder what treasures you'll find .... © Froghopper Design

I wonder what treasures you'll find ....

See what you can find in the river - make sure it's not too deep or flowing too fast first.

Wonderful words and river rhymes

What watery words can you think of? © Froghopper Design

What watery words can you think of?

Use some river words to write a poem about a river you've seen today.

Climbing

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

One of the dramatic rocky outcrops in the Plym Valley

The Dewerstone Rocks at Shaugh Prior are popular climbing rocks.  Care needs to be taken when climbing here as the rock faces are high and vertical.  Novice climbers should always be supervised.

Geocaching

Join the digital treasure hunt © John Millar

Join the digital treasure hunt

Fancy a go at a high-tech treasure hunt?  We have several caches for you to find - check them out on the geocaching website.

For organised groups, we have Garmin handsets you can use - get in touch.

Running

Enjoy your surroundings as you get fit © National Trust

Enjoy your surroundings as you get fit

Enjoy a run in beautiful surroundings.  If you're new to running you might like to join the weekly parkrun.  It's a gentle 3 mile (5km) route.

50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

Have a go at our challenge and get outside in the fresh air. Pick up a scrapbook and make a start. You could

  • climb a tree
  • build a den
  • find some frog spawn
  • track wild animals

and lots more.

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