Walking

Walking trail

Saltram boundary walk

Walking trail

Situated on the edge of the Plym Estuary, the Saltram estate includes a Georgian mansion, surrounded by the remains of 18th-century landscape parkland.

Discover magnificent views of the Plym Estuary

The walk follows parkland and woodland, providing views of the estuary and Blaxton saltmarsh. The woodland flowers are particularly beautiful at spring time. Grade of walk: Walking Boot (steep/rocky); Type of walk: 'Flora and Fauna', 'Beautiful Views'.

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Map

Map route for Saltram boundary walk

Start:

Saltram House car park, grid ref: SX520556

1

From the car park, follow the entrance drive before turning right. Head up a corridor footpath, signposted Merafield, between fields on rising ground.

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2

Turn left at the top of the rise, following the edge of the field, which is often grazed by South Devon cattle in the summer. View the house and panorama of the Plym on your left.

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3

Cross the estate drive be careful, this is the entrance and exit drive to the estate. Follow the Boundary Walk path down a flight of steps through woodland with the A38 road close by on your right. Before leaving the wood there are some benches with pleasant views towards the estuary.

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4

The fenced path crosses pasture fields on leaving the wood, and in front of you is a vista of the Plym Valley, dominated by the A38 flyover and the houses of Estover in the background. On the horizon, although obscured by trees, is the Triumphal Arch - a folly erected in 1783 by the Parkers of Saltram.

5

At the drive turn left. This is Longbridge Drive and at this point it is fringed with woodland. In the spring this woodland will be carpeted with snowdrops, daffodils and then bluebells.

6

Opposite the Snowdrop Wood Forest School sign, take an optional short deviation down the woodland track to a bench overlooking the saltmarsh. This area is known as Blaxton Meadow. It was originally embanked and reclaimed by the Parker family in the 1860s. Since 1986 a restoration scheme has been in operation restoring the land to saltmarsh. The marsh is now a haven for numerous wading birds.

7

Return and carry on along Longbridge Drive, up the steep rise, and back to the car park.

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End:

Saltram House car park, grid ref: SX520556

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Saltram boundary walk

Terrain

A circular walk following the route of the Boundary Walk. Includes a steep section with steps. The ground can be muddy especially after wet weather, so walking boots are recommended.

Dogs are welcome but keep them on leads, especially near the initial core car park area.

Saltram boundary walk

Contact us

Saltram boundary walk

How to get here

Address
Saltram House, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 1UH
By train

Plymouth, 4 miles (6.4km).

By road

1 mile (1.6km) from A38 Marsh Mills roundabout junction, taking Plympton Road, turning right at Cot Hill traffic lights and right at Merafield Road junction.

By bus

Citybus 22, Plymouth City Centre to Plympton. Alight Merafield Road then 10-15 minute walk to Saltram House.

Saltram boundary walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome but keep them on leads