Plymouth Coast - The Starting Point

Plymouth has had a long history as one of the most important naval towns in the UK and was the port where many famous explorers were based. We take you on a walk around the historic Barbican and onto The Hoe where Sir Francis Drake played bowls.

The whole route is on pavement and tarmac. However, cobbles feature in one part of the walk and two short detours are required for wheelchair users and parents with buggies.

This is a circular route of slightly less than two miles taking in some of the highlights of Plymouth's spectacular waterfront. The walk starts at the Mayflower Visitor Centre on The Barbican.

The walk takes in the Barbican where famous seafarers walked the cobbled streets and The Hoe, the spot where Sir Francis Drake is reputed to have played bowls before seeing off the Spanish Armada.

This walk was featured on the recently shown BBC 'Coast' series and as such you can access an official guided tour on you mobile phone. The number to call for this walk is 0870 0841331. The average cost of listening to the entire walk is likely to be in the region of £2-£3 - but this depends on your own tariff.

Please note that some of the points differ on the mobile phone walk to those shown here.