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Visitors walking alongside the Plym Estuary at Saltram, Devon
Enjoy views across the Plym Estuary | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Saltram boundary walk

On the edge of the Plym Estuary, the Saltram estate comprises a Georgian mansion surrounded by the remains of 18th-century landscaped parkland. Enjoy a circular walk following the perimeter, with views of the estuary and Blaxton saltmarsh.

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

Saltram House car park. Grid ref: SX520556

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 3

At this point, cross the estate drive – be careful, as this is the main entrance and exit for 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, take a seat on one of the benches and enjoy the pleasant views towards the estuary.

Step 4

Upon leaving the wood, the fenced path crosses pasture fields, and in front of you you'll see a vista of the Plym Valley, dominated by the A38 flyover and the houses of Estover in the background. On the horizon, partially obscured by trees, is the Triumphal Arch – a folly erected in 1783 by the Parker family.

Step 5

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

Step 6

Opposite the sign for Snowdrop Wood Forest School, you can choose to take a short deviation down the woodland track to a bench overlooking the saltmarsh. This area is known as Blaxton Meadow. Originally embanked, it was reclaimed by the Parker family in the 1860s. Since 1986, restoration work has been carried out to return the land to saltmarsh, and it is now a haven for numerous wading birds.

Step 7

If you took the deviation, return to the main path. Carry on along Longbridge Drive, up the steep rise, and back to the car park.

End point

Saltram House car park. Grid ref: SX520556

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Map of Saltram boundary walk, Devon
Map of the Saltram boundary walk, Devon | © Hand Made Maps Ltd

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