Plym Bridge Woods

About this route

Springtime in this wooded valley of the River Plym sees the woodland floor carpeted by wild flowers including wood anemone, wild garlic, primroses and bluebells. Several old quarries with interesting industrial archaeological remains now support an abundance of ferns, mosses and lichens. The site is home to many animals, including a herd of fallow deer, and a wide range of birds. Kingfishers and dippers can be seen along the river, and lesser-spotted woodpecker and tree pipit are found in the woods. Peregrine falcons breed on an old quarry face in the woodland. During the breeding season, there is usually a viewing station with telescopes for visitors’ use. The site supports many damselflies and butterflies, such as the speckled wood.

Getting Around

By bike: The former Tavistock Line Railway, which runs through the site, is now a part of the Drakes Trail (starting at Saltram House next to the Plym Estuary). This trail is part of the long-distance Devon Coast to Coast cycle route.

By car: Parking is available on either side of the Plym Bridge.

Several footpaths, including a major foot and cycle path along the disused railway line.
Footpaths and cycleways.
Photo of an old stone bridge, Plym Bridge
Plym Bridge Copyright Chris Downer (

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