Walk - Plymouth Waterfront Walkway

9.3 miles (14.9 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.

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.

Drakes View

Pop-up site close to Bovisand beach. No facilities.

Number One

Number One is a friendly, family owned B&B near Plymouth Hoe with 12 en-suite rooms, private parking & free WiFi. Ideally located for all main attractions and amenities

Edgcumbe Guesthouse

Just yards from the seafront this top quality guest house offers gorgeous en suite rooms, free wifi,hairdryers,generous beverage trays.

Mariners Guest House

James & Marie offer a warm welcome. Situated close to Plymouth’s historic Hoe, we have just been awarded Gold for our green tourism which we are proud of.

Wembury Bay Bed and Breakfast

10 minutes walk from Wembury Beach. Choice of 3 rooms, a twin en suite, a twin room or double. Rooms are fitted with TV's and Tea/coffee facilities. Wi Fi, washing/drying available, packed lunches on request. Pub close by.

Maker Camp

Escape at Maker Heights. 'Wild' camping campsite, popular cafe and arts & crafts studios on site.10 mins walk from beach, village/pub. Part of Rame Conservation Trust.

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.

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.

Owens Coffee

Devon coffee roasters since 2010. 100% organic & Fairtrade certified. Visit our roastery and buy great coffee at factory prices, book your own barista and coffee tasting experience. Coast Path Bantham, Dart & Gara blends available.

Ocean Studios

Ocean Studios is Real Ideas’ hub of creative energy, with a stunning exhibition and café space, located in the stunning Royal William Yard, a stones' throw from the SWCP.

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 Batten Watersports and Activities Centre

The Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre is located right on the South West Coast Path on the beautiful Mount Batten peninsula.

Patricia Rose Charters Ltd

Local, family friendly, veteran run, husband & wife bespoke boat fishing & wildlife trips. Get the personal touch from this micro business. Full tackle hire available

Plymouth Tourist Information Centre

Drop in to find all the information you need to enjoy Plymouth's Ocean City experience, including where to visit, stay and eat and drink

South West SUP

Stand up paddleboard lessons, hire and journeys from our organic café space at Firestone Arch, Royal William Yard.

Market Hall

The Market Hall is a world-class space for digital innovation and learning situated in the heart of Devonport, a space to work, learn, meet, eat, create… and have fun!

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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 Royal William Yard with its stunning architecture. This is the new home of the South West Coast Path Association's offices, open from Monday to Friday.

  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.

NOTE:- There is a route change as of July 2019 to improve a section of the path in the Cattedown to Laira Bridge area, with the new route passing through Neptune Park, rather than running along  Maxwell Road.

A souvenir Waterfront Walkway guidebook is available from the Tourist Information Centre in Plymouth, Tel: 01752 306330. The digital version of the booklet is available from the South West Coast Path Association here. Further walking guides can be found in the 'Books, Guides & Maps' section of our our online shop.

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.

 

Parking

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

Nearby Events

  • The Something Wild Festival 2022

    Date;  July 29th-31st

    Some of the best coast routes on the South West Coast path for night run, 5k, 10k or half marathon, marathon and Summit Wild Ultra as well as kid’s races.  100 acre festival arena, with tipis, hot tubs and saunas, dining tents, café, stage for comedy night.  More Info here 

  • Plymouth Coastal Runners October Challenge

    1st-31st October 2022, Plymouth & surrounding area, Devon

    The Plymouth Coastal Runners' TT is a ‘virtual’ time trial, based on segments on Strava. You have the whole month (1st-31st October) to run set routes as many times as you want with all results counting towards the leaderboard. More info.

     

      

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