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Plymbridge Woods

Plymbridge Woods can be found on the edge of Plymouth.

Plymbridge Woods is owned and managed by the National Trust, and is part of the wider Plym Valley area which they care for. A beautiful native woodland with a rich and varied industrial past, bordered by the River Plym as it makes its journey from moor to sea. The multi-user Drake’s Trail (NCR27) allows you to explore the valley right up to the moors of Dartmoor, on the track bed of an old railway.

The Plym Ridge Ride starts from Drake’s Trail (NCR27), 1.5km North of Plymbridge car park. This makes a 5km loop in total.

Suitable for cyclists with some off-road riding experience as a minimum, this exciting trail explores the steep wooded slopes of Plymbridge Woods. You’ll find challenges along the way while you take in the sights and sounds the woodland has to offer. You will encounter a number of technical climbs and descents, snaking single track trail and features such as tight bermed corners.

There is the option to extend your ride and repeat the first half of the trail by following the blue arrows for ‘Repeat loop’.

If you need to use the walking routes in the event of a problem, please push back to the car park and do not ride your bike.


Parking is available at the Trust’s Plymbridge car park – see map (link right). Visitors can also enjoy the sensory and orienteering trails and events, but note there are no toilets and limited refreshment facilities (summer only). Local facilities can be found in Plympton, or visit the National Trust’s nearby Saltram House, with its restaurant, shop, and children’s play area accessible from NCR27 (3 miles from this point) or by road (2.8 miles from Plymbridge car park).

 For more information visit the National Trust website.

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  • Orienteering trail
  • Car park
  • Seasonal refreshments

Plym Ridge Ride

Blue Grade (Moderate) 3.5km (2 miles); 30 mins

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