Plym's Old Lines - Walk

Plym Valley Railway, Plymouth, Devon

About this walk

The lower Plym Valley, with its woodland walks and riverside paths, lies right on Plymouth’s doorstep. Yet it is hidden from the city, and offers wonderful views of Dartmoor.

This walk includes the industrial remains of the Tavistock Railway and its viaducts, a tramway that used granite sleepers, and a quarry complete with engine house.

It also offers the chance to study peregrine falcons. Choose spring, when the peregrines nest and the woods burst into colour with anemones and bluebells.

This route is quite easy & suitable for all. Along the route there are woodland and riverside paths, and disused railway track. Short road section. One short ascent and descent.

This route should take the average walker roughly 2 – 3 hours.


5 miles



Start/End point

Plym Valley Railway (Grid Ref: SX522568).


City, Country, Heritage

Special Interest

Birdwatching, Nature, Historical, Wildlife


Plymouth, South Devon – South Hams


Explorer OL20, Landranger 201


There are many refreshment opportunities in Plympton and Plymouth, and also public toilets at the start.