Stage 3: Yelverton to Plymstock — West Devon Way
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Kit P planned a hike.
May 11, 2021
The final stage has a watery theme as you hike alongside the River Meavy and then the River Plym. Snaking through pretty gorges and thriving woodlands, these rivers work their way south with the Meavy joining the Plym at Shaugh Bridge. With viaducts, country houses and sea views, this hike is a blend of the natural and cultural.
Leave Yelverton to the south, following a weaving track as it works its way past fields to the River Meavy. When you reach the river, you follow its serene course before joining the Plym Valley Trail and taking a disused railway line.
The line flows south, curving gently not unlike the nearby river. Peaceful and often passing through pockets of woodland, below Bickleigh the trail passes into vibrant forest solidly for a considerable distance. This is one of the most glorious sections of the Way as a whole and you’d never know that Plymouth’s industrial outskirts were nearby.
Cross the majestic Cann Viaduct over the Plym and pause to watch for Peregrine falcons who breed in the former quarry opposite. The woods hold all sorts of flora and fauna, particularly vibrant in late spring and summer. Continue south to Marsh Mills and cross over the A38. The River Plym turns into an estuary here and you hug its shoreline towards Saltram House.
A National Trust property, this exquisite Georgian house remains in excellent condition and its grounds and rooms are well worth exploring if you have the time. Either way, you pass through its woods along the shore and continue south to Laira Bridge. The trail takes you through the streets of Oreston to Hooe Lake in Radford Park, where the West Devon Way ends.
On the edge of Plymstock, you are well placed to catch one of the many local buses into Plymouth’s city centre when you’ve finished relaxing in the pretty park. Plymouth’s bus station has long-distance services and its train station has direct and stopping services to Exeter and beyond. If you fancy exploring this ocean city, you can find plenty of accommodation and food outlets to enjoy. If you still have energy in the legs, hike over to Mountbatten and catch the ferry to Plymouth’s harbour for a prettier way to get into the city centre.
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