Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

Starting at the Cremyll Ferry landing stage, this gentle circular walk ambles alongside Plymouth sound with views out to Drake's Island and beyond. Go through the formal gardens and then gently climbing up in front of the house before returning down the Avenue. The surface for the most part is sealed and smooth with one stretch of short grass to navigate. There is one 100 metre uphill section with gradients of around 1:20. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and sit and enjoy the scenery. Finish with a diversion down to Mashfords, a local shipyard or for refreshments in the Edgcumbe Arms. This walk is suitable for trampers, wheelchairs, pushchairs and those who are at least moderately fit and able! Phone 01752 822236 for more information or visit www.countrysidemobility.org/our-sites/cornwall/mount-edgcumbe-country-park.html or www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk/

Surveyed by: Allan Ginman, November 2013 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 2More Information
Distance: 2.6 km

Public Transport: The Cremyll Ferry (www.cremyll-ferry.co.uk) crosses from Admiral's Hard in Plymouth every 30 minutes with a 8 minute crossing time.
Car Park: There are accessible car parks dotted around the Mount Edgcumbe estate.
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: Toilets are located in the Orangery Restaurant near the formal gardens and in the Edgcumbe Arms.

Full Profile

Starting from the Cremyll Ferry turn left away from the Edgcumbe Arms and make your way towards the entrance to Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.

Start Starting from the Cremyll Ferry turn left away from the Edgcumbe Arms and make your way towards the entrance to Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.

The Orangery has a restaurant and toilets.

Information The Orangery has a restaurant and toilets.

Pass through the Italian Garden with its classical statues and mermaid fountain.

Feature of Interest Pass through the Italian Garden with its classical statues and mermaid fountain.

There are further gardens to explore - English, French, New Zealand, American styles. The Jubilee Gardens were added in 2003.

Feature of Interest There are further gardens to explore - English, French, New Zealand, American styles. The Jubilee Gardens were added in 2003.

 

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To your left across the water is the Royal William Yard.

View To your left across the water is the Royal William Yard.

Behind you is the landing stage for the Cremyll- Admiral's Hard Ferry.

View Behind you is the landing stage for the Cremyll- Admiral's Hard Ferry.

The Block house

Feature of Interest The Block house

The Battery overlooking Plymouth Sound.

Feature of Interest The Battery overlooking Plymouth Sound.

 

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The Great Ilex Hedge is over 31 foot high and 300 foot long. It conceals the French and English gardens from the seaward weather.

Information The Great Ilex Hedge is over 31 foot high and 300 foot long. It conceals the French and English gardens from the seaward weather.

 

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To your left across the water is Drake's Island.

View To your left across the water is Drake's Island.

 

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Turning right leads to The Avenue. we head straight on.

Path Turning right leads to The Avenue. we head straight on.

 

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Seat

 

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The National Camellia Collection started by David Trehane in 1975

Information The National Camellia Collection started by David Trehane in 1975

There are said to be over 1000 varieties of  Camellia in the collection.

Feature of Interest There are said to be over 1000 varieties of Camellia in the collection.

 

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Milton's Temple is a circular Ionic temple, with a plaque inscribed with lines from the poem Paradise Lost.

Feature of Interest Milton's Temple is a circular Ionic temple, with a plaque inscribed with lines from the poem Paradise Lost.

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The path rises with a gradient of 1:20

Gradient The path rises with a gradient of 1:20

The surface changes to a stone, broken surface.

Surface The surface changes to a stone, broken surface.

Follow the path up and through the woodland.

Path Follow the path up and through the woodland.

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Path

 

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Keep on the main path. The path to the right leads downhill to the original path near the Camelia Collection

Path Keep on the main path. The path to the right leads downhill to the original path near the Camelia Collection

 

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This gate, which leads to the house, was closed and locked when we surveyed in October. It is open when the house is open to visitors.

Path This gate, which leads to the house, was closed and locked when we surveyed in October. It is open when the house is open to visitors.

So we followed a route over the short grass in front of the house.

Path So we followed a route over the short grass in front of the house.

Mount Edgcumbe House was built in 1553, gutted by German bombs in 1941 and rebuilt from 1958 onwards. It is now owned by both Cornwall and Plymouth Councils.

Path Mount Edgcumbe House was built in 1553, gutted by German bombs in 1941 and rebuilt from 1958 onwards. It is now owned by both Cornwall and Plymouth Councils.

Looking up towards the house.

Path Looking up towards the house.

The Avenue leads back to the start of the walk.

Path The Avenue leads back to the start of the walk.

 

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The 19th century Passage House.

Path The 19th century Passage House.

For a brief diversion follow the road past the Edgcumbe Arms.

Path For a brief diversion follow the road past the Edgcumbe Arms.

The path gives lovely views across the Tamar.

Path The path gives lovely views across the Tamar.

 

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Mashfords Shipyard for been here for over 200 years. Return to the Cremyll Ferry landing stage to complete the walk.

Path Mashfords Shipyard for been here for over 200 years. Return to the Cremyll Ferry landing stage to complete the walk.

Mount Edgcumbe Circular Phototrail

 

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