Walk - Plymouth Waterfront Walkway

8.7 miles (14.1 km)

Admirals Hard, Stonehouse - PL1 3RJ Jennycliff - PL9 9SW

Moderate - This is a gentle walk, and being mainly on pavement, the areas around the Hoe, the Barbican and the Mount Batten breakwater are suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. However, the Mountbatten Ferry is not able to accommodate wheelchairs, and the section between Laira Bridge and Mount Batten has steps and is quite steep in places.  

A great family walk along a unique section of the South West Coast Path, the Waterfront Walkway is an entertaining and enlightening journey where art is used to highlight the city's history and heritage.

To check that this walk is suitable for you click here where you can find additional mapping and photographs showing gradients, path surfaces, and other detailed information.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Sea Breezes Guest House

Thriving on happy guests, we work 24/7 to make sure we exceed your expectations, offering 6 spacious tastefully decorated rooms

37 Kingfisher Way

Right on the Coast Path with beautiful views overlooking Hooe Lake. 2-bedroomed waterside house (including en-suite in master bedroom).

Raleigh Stile B&B

A family run B&B on the eastern side of Plymouth alongside the Coast Path and on the Mount Batten peninsula. Our aim is to offer excellent accommodation and service.

The Rusty Anchor Guest House

Harbourside Victorian townhouse provides a chic, eclectic look. Locally sourced organic food. Flexible long term stays, offers, weekend deals etc.

Edgcumbe Guesthouse

Yards from sea front. Fabulous breakfasts using top quality produce.En suite rooms, free wifi,hairdryers,generous beverage trays. Special diets catered for

Sea Breezes Guest House, Plymouth

Sea Breezes is home to 6 spacious, tastefully decorated rooms to accommodate a range of visitors. Thriving on happy guests we work 24/7 to make sure we exceed your expectations.

Mariners Guest House

James & Marie offer a warm welcome. Situated close to Plymouth’s historic Hoe, Barbican and is ideally located for exploring the Coast Path.

Edgcumbe Arms

The Edgcumbe Arms is situated on the Coast Path where Cornwall meets Devon. We have 4 recently refurbished B&B rooms and are open all day for food & drinks.

Ferry Stop Bed & Breakfast

Wembury B&B plus taxi service, 1km from Coast Path. One twin en-suite. Free Wifi. For more info call 01752 863710 or email [email protected]

Mount Edgcumbe Cottages and Glamping

short breaks in our historic buildings or shepherds huts nestled amongst coast, woodland and river

Wembury Bay Bed and Breakfast

Situated 5 minutes walk from Wembury Beach. Choice of 2 rooms, a twin en suite or double. Rooms are fitted with TV's and Tea/coffee facilities. Wi Fi, washing/drying available, packed lunches on request. Pub close by.

Thorn House B&B

Stay at this stunning riverside property with double or twin rooms; both with spectacular views. Internationally recognized gardens also open during your stay.

Cellars B&B

Stunning location on the Coast Path, close to ferry. En suite rooms include a family room garden studio. Dogs welcome. Phone 01752 872771

Sailaway

Peaceful B&B 100m from Bridgend Quay with over 1.5 acres of gardens and grounds. Offering 2 bedrooms, 1 with balcony & view over estuary. 1 bed self-catering annexe also available

Coombe House B&B

Beautifully renovated farmhouse, stunning sea views, ample carparking, 15 mins from the Path, 5 mins from Kingsand/Cawsand offering 4 pubs for dinner. Highly recommended on Trip Advisor.

1 Fisherman's Cottage

Delightful 18th Century stone built fisherman's cottage. Fully equipped and perfect for 2. B&B also available
You'll be spoilt for choice for where to eat and drink along the Path. With lots of local seasonal food on offer, fresh from the farm, field and waters. Try our local ales, ciders, wines and spirits, increasing in variety by the year, as you sit in a cosy pub, fine dining restaurant or chilled café on the beach. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

The Odd Wheel

The Odd Wheel is a picturesque pub that welcomes walkers and dogs. Serving real ales and locally sourced food with weekday lunch deals.

The Old Mill Cafe, Wembury

Located right on Wembury beach.  A National Trust building run by sisters Jemma and Jennifer.  We provide light refreshments, locally roasted organic coffee, delicious pasties from local supplier and homemade sandwiches and soup to have in or takeaway. We are open everyday until 1st November 1030 - 4.30pm 

What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park

Explore the historic country park and house of the Earl of Mount Edgecumbe, including trails, gardens, shopping village, cafes and restaurants

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Route Description

A great family walk along a unique section of the South West Coast Path, the Waterfront Walkway is an entertaining and enlightening journey where art is used to highlight the city's history and heritage.

The Plymouth Waterfront Walkway was developed by the City Council in 2002 as a unique part of the South West Coast Path National Trail. It links the Cremyll Ferry landing stage on the shores of the Tamar with Jennycliff on the eastern side of Plymouth Sound. Along the way, you’ll come across larger than life characters such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Robinson Crusoe and Lawrence of Arabia. Then there’s the wall of stars, a golden scallop, a ten-ton rhino and so much more. The features were created by the artists of Why Not Associates, and bring to life many of the stories that make Plymouth special.

  1. Start at the ferry slip at Admiral’s Hard. The route immediately launches into a celebration of Plymouth’s history and heritage, from the vinegar works to views of the docks.

Thanks to the construction of new stairs and walkway the South West Coast Path now goes through the historic and Royal William Yard with its stunning architecture and range of great places to eat, including a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage canteen.

  1. Explore the dockyard and then climb up the stairs emerging into Devil's Point Park. Follow the path around the point and into Admiralty Road.

Following this, the walk then takes you along Durnford Street, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once worked as a doctor. Quotations from Sherlock Holmes set into the pavement give you just a first taste of the poetic treats. Keep your eyes peeled for the optical illusion in the railings atop the wall overlooking Millbay Docks and the Wall of Stars commemorating famous figures who sailed from Plymouth. Enjoy the passage along Rusty Anchor Seawall, and its display of models of navy vessels.

Short diversions reveal classic features of the city, such as Smeaton’s Tower on The Hoe. The Barbican takes you back in time with its historic buildings and Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set off for the New World.

  1. Just before the Mayflower Steps, you can take the water taxi across to Mount Batten if you want to shorten the walk. Otherwise, follow the Waterfront Walkway past the National Marine Aquarium to eventually cross the River Plym and proceed along the opposite bank to Mount Batten.

Return here for the water taxi back to the Barbican at the end of your walk. To continue the walk, simply follow the route taking you up Jennycliff. Here you can enjoy impressive views out over the Sound, and stop for refreshments in the friendly Jennycliff Café.

A souvenir Waterfront Walkway guidebook is available from the Tourist Information Centre in Plymouth, Tel: 01752 304849. To see the digital version of the booklet click here. As the document is 3.4MB, it may take a while to load on slower internet connections.

Public transport

For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

 

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Admirals Hard (Postcode for Sat Navs: PL1 3RJ). Jennycliff (Postcode for Sat Navs: PL9 9SW).

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