Saltram pillars 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. This walk follows parkland and woodland, providing distant views of the estuary, Plymouth and Cornwall.

A view over fields between green trees to the pale stone fronted house


Map route for Saltram pillars walk


Saltram House car park, grid ref: SX520556


From the car park follow the entrance drive before turning right up a corridor footpath. You should be towards a set of fields on rising ground that are signposted Merafield.

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Turn right at the top of the rise. The track which becomes a tarmac road follows the edge of the field; in the summer South Devon cattle are often grazed here. View the panorama of the parkland, the house and the Plym estuary, with the city beyond and Mount Edgcumbe in the distance.

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Ignore the track to the right and keep going along the tarmac road. This was the original road between Plympton and Elburton, it was re-routed following the construction of the A38 in 1975.

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The road high-banked on one side, drops down to reveal the A38 running adjacent. Turn right here to join one of the main estate drives.


Follow the drive to the right. At this point the drive consists of tarmac on concrete, laid in the Second World War and used by the American forces prior to D Day. This area, known as the Dell, was a favourite walk of the Parker family - who lived at Saltram from 1712 to the 1950s. The Dell has some semi-formal planting including rhododendrons and palm trees.


Continue along the drive and through two ornate pillars brought from the Parkers previous home, Boringdon Hall. These were re-erected here in 1971. Enjoy some more panoramic views over the parkland. Return to the car park down an avenue of Lime trees with pasture fields on either side.

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Saltram House car park, grid ref: SX520556

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Saltram pillars walk


This circular walk follows the run in England 1 mile route. The walk, which includes some slopes, can be muddy when wet.

Dogs are welcome but they'll need to be kept on leads near the initial core car park area.

Saltram pillars walk

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Saltram pillars walk

How to get here

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 stable courtyard.

Saltram pillars walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome but keep them on leads near the car park