Riverside Trail

Cycling trail

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.

Three little girls ride bikes as a lady walks her dog beside them

Map

Cycle trail route at Saltram

Start:

Main car park information board

1

Start in the car park beside the welcome map. Here you will find toilets and a café nearby.

a busy car park at Saltram

2

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.

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The front of Saltram house

3

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.

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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.

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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’.

6

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

End:

Main car park information board

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Riverside Trail

How to get here

Address
The main car park by the welcome map (SX522554)
By road
3½ miles east of Plymouth city centre. Travelling south (from Exeter): exit from A38 is signed Plymouth City Centre/Plympton/Kingsbridge. At roundabout take centre lane, then third exit for Plympton. Take right-hand lane and follow brown signs. Travelling north (from Liskeard): leave A38 at Plympton exit. From roundabout as before
Parking: members free, 50 yards
SatNav: enter Merafield Road
Riverside Trail

Facilities and access

  • Toilet
  • Cafe
  • Shop
  • Welcome Centre