10 Pretty Parks in Plymouth
Plymouth is the Ocean City of England. The famous Mayflower ship left this port for its iconic voyage to New England. Plus Sir Francis Drake made his first voyage from these shores as well! SeePlaces will introduce you to a side of Plymouth that is a little less known. The many wonderful parks that Plymouth has to offer:
This wonderful expanse of park is the heart of Plymouth. The park consists of a Seven Continents playground, a skatepark, and even a pitch and putt green. The biggest drawcard for the park however must be the Water Park in Summer! There is also the Plymouth Lifestyle Centre which holds an Olympic swimming pool, a climbing wall and an eight-lane bowling centre. But the real beauty of Central park is the Wildflower Meadow! This 2.2 hectare paradise holds over 2000 Bluebells, as well as Primroses and Crocuses which make the park come alive with colour in Spring!
Plymbridge Woods still has abandoned buildings and railway lines among the age-old woodlands. Thebuildings and tracks are expertly used in trails and walks which showcase how Mother Nature can reclaim her land after humans have abandoned it. Another amazing drawcard for Plymbridge Woods is the Plym Peregrine Project. Situated in this amazing woodland is a group of dedicated volunteers who rear and train Peregrine’s. The educational walks given by these knowledgeable volunteers are priceless! You can see first hand how these falcons behave in the wild!
If squelching through mud looking for are birds is your idea of fun, then Tamar-Tavy Estuary is it! Made up of the Tamar and Tavy rivers, the section in Plymouth is between the Tamar Bridge upstream and includes Tamerton Creek. This area in Plymouth consists of a large marine inlet leading to the sea. Tamar-Tavy Estuary is vitally important due to it being the wintering site for rare Wildfowl and Waders. Other birds spotted here include the Green Sandpiper, the Spotted Redshank and the Golden Plover. History boffs will also enjoy all the rural houses dotted along the Estuary’s banks.
King’s Tamerton Woods:
King’s Tamerton Woods is a new wood, created around 20 years ago. The eight hectare area, created as a community woodlands project has been extensively upgraded in 2014. A sense of community development has always been high on the King Tamerton’s agenda. As such school clean ups and planting are regularly arranged . King’s Tamerton Woods offers strolls through their mapped out trails. Or take your mountain bike and challenge yourself on the various uphill rides they have created here. There is even a lovely designated picnic area within the Woodlands for you to relax in.
For the Naval enthusiasts out there, Devils Point Park is right down your alley, ( or up your hill, depending on where you stand). Standing here on top of the hill, its easy to imagine a life where waving your loved one good-bye on a ship was a regular occurrence. WWII defenses are still visible within the park itself. There are many little pathways to meander on with benches dotted throughout. Other activities in the park itself include scuba-diving, fishing and even a kiddies outdoor pool! Definitely worth a day trip!
Efford Marsh is the place to be for those people who chase after rare butterflies and even rarer plants! It is also one of the only places where the Plymouth Pear occurs naturally. The Plymouth Pear is one of Britain’s rarest native plants and thrives in the Marshland near the River Plym. Other species spotted in the Efford Marsh include the Fringed Water-Lily and Wild Garlic. There are benches throughout the area and a network of paths take you through the Marshes, Wetlands and beautiful Wildflower meadows.
Saltram Countryside Park:
Saltram Countryside Park is made up of the Saltram Georgian Estate with its magnificent formal gardens as well as Hardwick wood, Chelson Meadow and a section of privately owned land. The Estate holds regular talks and open days for families and their pride and joy is their 18th century working orangery! On the other hand, Saltram Countryside Park and surrounds showcase even more than the Estate in terms of the natural beauty and historic pieces that make Plymouth so special. There is even a special heritage trail which houses huge sculptures made by a local artist, Gary Thrussell and his son Thomas.
Wembury Marine Centre:
Situated just outside Plymouth, Wembury Marine Centre is the place to be to discover exactly what treasures the ocean has to offer. Its unique location allows the centre to explore and discover the ocean environment completely. Starting from how the upland rivers flow into the ocean and their impact right through to all the animals and habitats the sea has to offer. Visitors can get up close and personal with Wembury Marine centre’s Rockpool safaris. As well as learn about amazing sea creatures in their interactive displays and tanks. They also offer various workshops for visitors to help keep Wembury special.
Jennycliff County Wildlife Site:
Jennycliff County Wildlife Site consists of five distinct natural regions. Come meander through grassland or wander through woodlands. Jennycliff offers amazing caving experiences and you can even relax on a secluded beach area! If relaxing is not your style , why not take an adventure through some seacaves? From the grass area above the beach you can gaze across the lovely Plymouth Sound. Amongst the pretty flowers found throughout the site you may spot a rare Pale St Johns wort or even a Dwarf Elder and Maidenhair fern.
Devonport Park is the oldest formal park in Plymouth and offers a little something for everyone. Situated on formal military land, this spectacular park has an exciting heritage trail that includes a Memorial Garden as well as a Great War Memorial that commemorates residents that died in WWI. If this is not your cup of tea, why not take the kids for a spin at the enormous playground that includes a sensory garden as well as three designated play areas for kids, toddlers and teens. Moms can relax at the Park Pavilion Cafe which serves scrumptious cakes whilst dads can try their hand at conquering the many bike trails the park has to offer.
Go on and get out there! Before the weather decides to turn again! Let us know if you found these gems as special as we did!
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Picture Credits: 1. Beautiful Bluebells 2. Magnificent Peregrines 3. Tamar-Tavy Estuary 4. Lesser Celandine Plant 5. Devil's Point Park 6. Wild Garlic 7. Saltram Country Park 8. Wembury Marine Centre 9. Jennycliff County Wildlife Site 10. Britannic Salute