Best local parks and gardens in Saltash and Plymouth

Getting out and about in your local area is a great way to stay engaged, active and happy in your senior years.

  1. Mount Edgcumbe

If you have a whole day to spend on an adventure, Mount Edgcumbe is the place to go. Clare, our Recruiting Manager, went over a recent weekend with her family, and described it as ‘scenic and relaxing’ with ‘lovely grounds’.

It has good disabled access, with a disabled car park on the driveway up to the house, and special access from the house. Accessible toilets are located at: the Orangery Restaurant, Dry Walk, Barrow Centre and Rame car parks and the house. Those with walking difficulties may use the house passenger lift to reach the first floor (which allows access to the house’s exhibition rooms).

The ferry is a lovely way to get to Mount Edgcumbe, however it is worth remembering that getting on and off is not the easiest for those with mobility difficulties.

You can check the ticket prices for the house on their website, and admission to the gardens is free.

  1. Churchtown Farm Community Nature Reserve

Churchtown Farm Community Nature Reserve is a beautiful place full of nature, with a range of different habitats including fields, woodland, wetland, and rocky shoreline. This community reserve is located on the edge of Saltash. It’s the perfect place for a short walk or simply to get a beautiful view of the tidal estuary and Devonport Dockyard.

You will no doubt run into fellow dog walkers, photographers there to catch the morning sun, or even those brave enough to take a dip at the bottom of the reserve!

  1. Cotehele

Cotehele is a Tudor House above the River Tamar with stunning orchards and gardens. The House has a traditional interior, with tapestries, amour, old oak furniture and ornaments. For a day of history and relaxed and low-key activities, Cotehele is a must.

There is a disabled car park closer to the garden and two accessible toilets, one located in the farmyard by the main visitor toilets and the other on the Quay. There are ramps at the entrance to the House for those with wheelchairs.

Churchtown Farm Community Nature Reserve is the perfect place for birdwatching