A picnic never fails to put a smile on your face, and there are so many spots to choose from around Plymouth Sound National Marine Park, you’re truly spoilt for choice. The benefits of being outside in nature and next to the water are second to none, so grab your friends or family and try one of these top spots next time you want to spend time outside.

Devil’s Point PL1 3RS

Located towards the west of the National Marine Park, Devil’s Point connects Firestone Bay with Royal William Yard along the South West Coastal Path with gorgeous panoramic views of Plymouth Sound across the bay. There is a car park which offers up to 3 hours of free parking, a beautiful blossom circle and even the opportunity to go for an open water swim afterwards.

Bus route 34 to Derriford Hospital via Millbay, Torpoint Ferry, Stoke and Crownhill.

Plymouth Hoe PL1 2PA

The view that defines Plymouth is the ultimate picnic location in the city. Plymouth Hoe is bustling with people walking, socialising, and trying various sports. It’s the go-to place to spend time outside with friends and family. It’s a short walk from the city centre, and disabled parking is available for free on the Hoe promenade.

Bus route 25 via Barbican and West Hoe.

Mount Edgcumbe PL10 1HZ

Looking out across the National Marine Park from the waterfront, straight in front of you is Mount Edgcumbe. Catch the ferry from Admirals Hard at Stonehouse and explore 7km of coastline and historic landscape, there are plenty of spots to choose from! Admire the views back across the marine park, and enjoy a day out immersed in nature.

Bus route number 70/70A/70B to Cremyll via City College, Torpoint Ferry, Cawsand and Millbrook.

Ernesettle Creek PL5 2QJ

Relax with views of the River Tamar at Ernesettle Creek. A fantastic place for bird watching, this quiet part of the city is wonderful for exploring and offers beautiful views at high tide across Tamerton Lake.

Bus route 43 to Ernesettle via Milehouse and St Budeaux

Jennycliff PL9 9SW

On the East of the National Marine Park lies Jennycliff, a short walk from Mount Batten accessible by ferry from the Barbican, but also has free parking. The open space presents a breathtaking view across all corners of the marine park and the River Tamar which can’t be beaten, especially at sunset.

Mount Wise PL1 4QE

This hidden gem on the southern side of Devonport is a fantastic spot for those west of the city to enjoy Plymouth’s waterfront. The area is a natural amphitheatre looking down to where the River Tamar meets Plymouth Sound and across to Mount Edgcumbe.

Bus route number 21/21A/21B to Barne Barton or 84 to Devonport, and it’s just a short walk from the main road.

Radford Park PL9 7NY

Located at Plymstock, Radford Park is located on the grounds of the former Radford House, home to the Harris Family and in its day often frequented by Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. There’s a lake, lots of green hills, and an arboretum so plenty of choice to find the perfect spot to host a picnic!

Bus route 5/5A to Elburton and 85 to Milehouse. Just a short walk from Plymstock Centre.