Plymouth Walking Trails

Plymouth Walking Trails

There is so much to explore in Plymouth on foot. With a staycation in Plymouth, when out walking, you can take in the sea air and experience the countryside too.

Visit Plymouth have launched a brand-new FREE app which has self-guided walking trails throughout Plymouth. As well as discovering more of the city, you can also explore its complex history.

The app can be download now on Android or iOS. As well as being available in English the three main trails are available in French, Spanish and German.

Discover Plymouth’s fascinating history at your own pace

The brilliant thing about the walking trails is that you can do them in your own time. It’s not just those on a staycation in Plymouth who will benefit. Locals can also discover new walking routes, and more about the city when out and about.

The app allows users to overlay video and images onto the landscape in front of them, and experience a ‘then and now’ snapshot of the city. The trails can be completed as an individual, a couple or with the family. There are even activity packs that can be downloaded for children.


The main three walking trails

The Mayflower Trail has been created as part of the Mayflower 400 celebrations. Along the route, you will see bronze monoliths embedded into the pavements. It is a circular route around The Barbican where the Mayflower set sail for America in 1620.

Mayflower Trail and Activity Pack


Starting in Sutton Harbour, the Hoe Trail is a seaside walk where you can encounter Plymouth’s extensive maritime history. You will pass the iconic Smeaton’s Tower, the ruins of medieval Plymouth Castle and the Plymouth Lido. The full trail is 2.1 miles, but there are some shortcuts, and it is hilly in places. It should take around 90 minutes to complete.

Plymouth Hoe Trail and Activity Pack


Discover Plymouth after the Blitz, and learn how the city was rebuilt following World War II with the City Centre Trail. The walk takes you down Royal Parade, past the Theatre Royale and the new museum, The Box. The 1.9-mile trail is relatively flat and is suitable for wheelchair users. It takes around an hour to complete.

City Centre Trail and Activity Pack


Other walking trails on the app

The Waterfront Walkway is for the more seasoned walker and is a 9.5-mile linear walk. It begins at Admiral’s Hard. You can then follow in the footsteps of famous explorers and encounter naval buildings, breath-taking views and take in the intriguing characteristics of the former towns and villages.

Waterfront Walkway (South West Coast Path)


The American Tree Trail celebrates the links between Plymouth and the USA. Members of the Plymouth Tree Partnership compiled this walk, to help spread awareness and knowledge of the trees in the area. Leading through the City Centre and The Barbican, the 1.2-mile easy route is mostly downhill.


The birthplace of the modern Plymouth we see today, Sutton Harbour Heritage Trail is an easy 1.1-mile circular route. You’ll pass through centuries of history, and there are plenty of opportunities to reflect on the busy marine activity all around you.

Sutton Harbour Heritage Trail


There are additional trails, and more will be added to the app in the future.

More information

Plan your walking trip with Future Inn Plymouth

If reading this has left you feeling tempted to book your trip, then look no further than Future Inn Plymouth. The city centre and walking routes are a short drive from the hotel or are easily accessible via public transport. Alongside free parking, free WiFi and a whole host of home comforts. All bedrooms can sleep up to four, and are ideal for families. Under 12’s even stay for free! Plus, you can dine on homemade, fresh, local food in Fishbone Bar & Restaurant

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