Plym Valley Trail
This shared cycling and walking trail follows the old Plym Valley railway from Clearbrook to Saltram Park. The trail runs for a distance of about 7 miles along a fairly flat, traffic free path. Along the way there's nice views of the River Plym and the countryside of Bickleigh Vale.
This route starts at the northern end of the trail at Clearbrook where parking is available. You then head south towards Bickleigh and Plymbridge Woods. The attractive woods have a nice family cycle trail with a series of viaducts, a disused railway station and pretty bridges over the river. The area also includes Cann Woods where there's some good mountain bike trails and miles of woodland trails.
The route continues past Leigham and Marsh Mills station to the finish point at the National Trust's Saltram Park. In the park National Cycle Network Route 27 runs along a splendid traffic free trail through Saltram Wood and along the River Plym. There's also lots of walking trails to explore 500 acres of woodland, farmland, beaches, saltmarshes, meadows and river estuary. You can extend the route by continuing south and then west to visit the city of Plymouth.
Plym Valley Trail Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Plym Valley Trail Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Plym Valley Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Plym Valley Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The 22 mile Drakes Trail uses part of the trail. It starts in Tavistock and visits the Tavistock Canal and Grenofen Bridge before linking up with the trail. The route is named after the explorer Sir Francis Drake who was born in Tavistock and has a statue in Plymouth.