Riverside cycle trail at Saltram
Cycle through rolling parkland, along the Plym estuary, past ancient oaks and seasonal spectacles like spring bluebells, summer flower meadows and autumn woodland colours. Try the pump track - designed for children to build confidence and learn new skills on two wheels. Perfect for families, young children, and those new to cycling, the terrain is largely flat with one steep hill. Picnic under the amphitheatre overlooking the estuary, or next to the pump track looking back towards Saltram house. You can explore this traffic-free, multi-use trail on its own, or challenge yourself to a longer route up to Plymbridge Woods.
Main car park information board
Start in the car park beside the welcome map. Here you will find toilets and a café nearby.
Cycle downhill on the tarmac driveway. At the gate, continue on the drive. At this point you will see a pond, a large tulip tree and up on your right Saltram house.
The house you see today is a Georgian façade built around a much earlier house. It was acquired by George Parker in 1712 and remained one of the Parker family homes until 1957 when it was transferred to the National Trust. The tarmac track you cycle along follows one of the original historic drives used by horse and carriage.
As the track levels you can take one of two options. Either take the right hand track through the woods and follow this down towards Saltram Beach following the blue waymarkers. Or 10 metres further turn left at the fingerpost for the family pump track and ‘The Stack’ play area.
The Pump Track
The pump track is a fun family friendly cycling track designed for children to build confidence and learn new skills ‘The Stack’ play area is inspired by old Saltram farm. During harvest they would gather the corn into haystacks to dry it, this is what ‘The Stack’ represents. It is built from many pieces of oak from the estate and its strength relies on the connectivity of each piece of wood; each log as important as the next.
If you are at the pump track or play area go back to the finger post, turn left onto the the tarmac drive, then take the next left into the woods following the blue way-markers. Look ahead through the trees and you will see the estuary beach. Stop here for a rest.
On leaving the beach, follow the track up a short climb (keeping the river and estuary on your left) and follow the track (part of National Cycle Network 27). There is a small play area on your right called ‘The 29th’.
Continue along the riverside path with the river on your left enjoying the views over into Plymouth until you come to an open grassy area with the Amphitheatre on your right. This is a great spot for a picnic.
Keep following the track alongside the Plym, passing a bird hide overlooking the saltmarsh, until you reach a fork in the trail and a large grassy area. Up to your left is the ‘lookout’ play area.
Taking the right fork returns you back to the main house, café, toilets and car park. It’s steep, but the rewards are just up the hill at the end.
At the top of the hill on your right will be the stables where you can lock your bike, grab a coffee and find out more at the Welcome Centre.
Main car park information board
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