It’s scientifically proven that fresh air and being by a blue space helps your mental and physical wellbeing. Although it is still only February, the days are starting to get longer! Take advantage of that extra daylight before or after work to take some time for yourself and enjoy your nearest blue space.

Mount Edgcumbe

Following along the west side of Plymouth Sound National Marine Park, Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is a favourite location amongst locals. Hop aboard the Edgcumbe Bell Cremyl Ferry, a 5 minute boat ride across the River Tamar, to Mount Edgcumbe and explore 865 acres of open park land.

Tamerton Lake

The banks of Tamerton Lake, known to locals as Ernesettle Creek, is a great option if you can’t get down to Plymouth Waterfront, and its a Special Area of Protection. Tamerton Lake runs along the River Tamar and is used for lots of recreational activities like bird watching, stand up paddleboarding and boating. Our rangers often host events at there, so keep an eye on our events page to see what’s on.


Saltram is a beautiful National Trust owned Georgian house sat within 500 acres of landscape. It’s the perfect blend of a blue/green space located next to the River Plym Estuary. There are various walkways carved out around the grounds, making it a firm favourite for those with four-legged friends as well as families.  

Plymouth Hoe and Barbican waterfront

The footpath from Plymouth Barbican follows the South West costal path along the waterfront up to Plymouth Hoe and onwards towards the west around West Hoe, eventually arriving at the Royal William Yard. The stint between the Barbican and West Hoe covers 1.2 miles taking in panoramic views of Plymouth Sound National Marine Park and passes the famous Smeaton’s Tower, iconic Tinside Lido and 17th century Royal Citadel.

Mount Batten Peninsula

Located on the East side of Plymouth Sound National Marine Park, Mount Batten Peninsula has a beach and a breakwater to explore. A great walk is along the South West Coastal Path to Jennycliff and back, along the beach for a bit of rock pooling or a stroll along the break water.