A Canine caper - Plymbridge Woods

Walking trail

A brisk circular walk perfect for all types and sizes of dog, through ancient oak woodlands beside the beautiful river Plym taking in the industrial past from the Victorian era. Views from the red trail are breathtaking across the valley and it's varied enough to keep even the liveliest of dogs entertained. Along the way you may see kingfishers, sea trout, dippers, peregrine falcons, deer and other wildlife.

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Map route for A Canine caper - Plymbridge Woods walk


National Trust car park, Plymbridge, Plympton, Devon. Grid ref SX 524 585


From the car park turn left and head over the ancient stone Plym Bridge. There has been a bridge over the river here for hundreds of years. Turn right and head down the road to the gate at the entrance of the woodland.

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Through the gate take the first left at the junction up a steep incline all the way to the top. Turn right onto the red trail and follow it all the way to the end.

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At the end of the red trail bear right down hill and over a stile, follow the path past Elizabeth meadow and over the iron bridge.

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Carry on down the meandering path that ends up in Riverford meadow. Go right and enter onto the path that closely follows the River Plym.

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Follow the path over logs, slate bridges and steps carved into a fallen tree all the way to the weir.

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Carry on along the river under the massive brick viaduct. From the stone piers of the original Brunel bridge, walk past the old slate clitter heaps towards Colwill meadow.


Walking through Colwill meadow with another ideal place for your companion to get into the river, carry on along the path until you get to a junction. Bear left and walk through the wonderful old Douglas fir plantation - they're over 100 years old and give a majestic, cathedral-like feeling as you pass under.


At the end of the track turn left to head out of the gate you came through at the start. Head back to Plymbridge car park where you can enjoy a well-earned cup of coffee or ice cream from the mobile van.


National Trust car park, Plymbridge, Plympton, Devon. Grid ref SX 524 585

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A Canine caper - Plymbridge Woods


Varied terrain, with paths through ancient oak woodland; walking by the river, steep inclines and slippery declines when wet. All paths can be muddy. Walking boots, trainers or wellies are advisable.

A Canine caper - Plymbridge Woods

Contact us

Telephone: 01752 341377

Email: plymvalley@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/plym-valley

A Canine caper - Plymbridge Woods

How to get here

Plymbridge Woods, Plymbridge Road, Plympton, PLYMOUTH PL7
By train

Plymouth Central (7 miles)

By road

Leave A38 exit for Plympton, join dual carriageway, pass a petrol station on left. At end of carriageway take first exit of mini-roundabout and first exit of second mini-roundabout to go over a narrow railway bridge. Continue along Plymbridge Road for 1.5 miles. The car park is on the left at the end of this road.

By bus

Number 21 from Plymouth's city centre, Royal Parade bus stop A11. From the bus stop go down Longbridge Road and over the bridge across the river, follow the path past the park and ride and onto Route 27 cycle route. This walk will take about  30 minutes.

A Canine caper - Plymbridge Woods

Facilities and access

  • There is a mobile catering van on most days in Plymbridge Woods car park