Plymouth's Historic Waterfront

Plymouth has a rich maritime history, and a great way to find out more about it is to take a walk along the South West Coast Path. 

Royal William Yard & Devil's Point walk  

Distance: 1 mile. Grade: Easy

Descend the stunning new steps from Devil's Point Park into the Yard and enjoy the changes made to this home of Plymouth's naval history. A gentle walk with views across Plymouth Sound. Stand where centuries of families waved goodbye to their loved ones as they ventured out onto the oceans as part of our Royal Navy.

Sutton Harbour to Royal William Yard

Distance: 3 miles. Grade: Easy

Starting from the Harbour Car Park at Sutton Harbour, following the harbour around to the historic Barbican where the Pilgrim Fathers left for America, this easy walk passes the Hoe with its great views across Plymouth Sound through to the magnificent Royal William Yard. All along the route are artworks which help bring the past alive.

The Forts and Castles of Plymouth Sound

Distance: 7 miles. Grade: Moderate

Plymouth has been an important naval port for many centuries, which has led to the building of a variety of defences to protect the port. This walk passes a number of these defences as it circles around the eastern side of Plymouth Sound.

Cremyll Ferry to Kingsand & Cawsand

Distance: 3.5 miles. Grade: Moderate

A walk along a very unusual section of the Coast Path, passing mainly through parkland with stunning views across Plymouth Sound and a wealth of historical interest. Children will love to ramble through the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe, with its many fascinating features, and will enjoy the beach at Kingsand. An especially inspiring walk in early spring, when the National Camellia Collection is in full bloom.