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A view over fields between green trees to the pale stone fronted house
Take a walk in this historic parkland | © National Trust

Saltram pillars walk

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.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

Saltram House car park, grid ref: SX520556

Step 1

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

Step 2

Turn right at the top of the rise. The track, which becomes a tarmac road, follows the edge of the field. From here you can view the panorama of the parkland, the house and the Plym estuary, with the city beyond and Mount Edgcumbe in the distance.

Step 3

Ignore the track to the right and keep going along the tarmac road. This was the original road between Plympton and Elburton. It was rerouted following the construction of the A38 in 1975.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Follow the drive to the right.

Step 6

Continue along the drive and through two ornate pillars brought from the Parkers' previous home, Boringdon Hall, 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.

End point

Saltram House car park, grid ref: SX520556

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Map route for Saltram pillars walk
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