Start and Finish: Saltram House, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 1UH (Map)
Just over an hour away from us here at Bowerland, enjoy this dog friendly walk at the Saltram estate. Situated on the edge of the Plym Estuary, the Saltram estate includes a Georgian mansion, surrounded by the remains of 18th-century landscape parkland. The walk follows parkland and woodland, providing views of the estuary and Blaxton Saltmarsh. Dogs are very welcome in the parkland; however the house and garden is a dog-free area.
- From the car park, follow the entrance drive before turning right.
- Head up a corridor footpath, signposted Merafield, between fields on rising ground.
- Turn left at the top of the rise, following the edge of the field, which is often grazed by South Devon cattle in the summer.
- Cross the estate drive and follow the Boundary Walk path down a flight of steps through woodland with the A38 road close by on your right.
- Before leaving the wood there are some benches with pleasant views towards the estuary.
- The fenced path crosses pasture fields on leaving the wood, and in front of you is a vista of the Plym Valley, dominated by the A38 flyover and the houses of Estover in the background.
- At the drive turn left. This is Longbridge Drive and at this point it is fringed with woodland.
- In the spring this woodland will be carpeted with snowdrops, daffodils and then bluebells.
- Opposite the Snowdrop Wood Forest School sign, take an optional short deviation down the woodland track to a bench overlooking the saltmarsh.
- The marsh is now a haven for numerous wading birds.
- Return and carry on along Longbridge Drive, up the steep rise, and back to the car park.