Get some fresh air! – Green spaces in and around Plymouth

As a planning student, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the city and the spaces that I do and don’t like so much in and around it. Today I thought I’d highlight a few of the places I like to go when I want to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. 

The Hoe

Probably the most iconic greenspace in Plymouth, with a stunning view of the Sound and hosting a range of events throughout the year, from MTV Crashes, to the Plymouth Half Marathon and the fireworks championships in the summer. It’s also a great place for a BBQ when the sun is shining!

Freedom Fields

Popular with the local community and a little more sheltered from the elements than the Hoe. It’s a very well maintained park in the middle of the city, again with great views particularly in the evening and early morning. It’s a great spot to take a book or for a jog (if you’re that way inclined…).

Reservoir Gardens

A bit of a green oasis right on campus, it was recently revitalised by a lottery heritage grant. If you want to take a break between lectures, it’s a great spot to eat your lunch.


Mount Edgecombe

Take a short ferry ride over from Royal William Yard for a Sunday afternoon walk. Being a Sunday, there’s also the incentive for getting a roast at the local pub, believe me when I say it’s probably one of the best roasts I’ve had in Plymouth - good value, and good food, what more could you want after some exercise and fresh air?


You’ll probably need to take the bus, or car to get out to some of the best spots on Dartmoor, although there’s also a great cycle route that goes all the way out there from the city. You’re in the southwest and you have a landscape like this on your doorstep - there’s no excuse not to get your walking boots on and visit at least once. For added wow factor, get up there early, the morning sun is spectacular.

There’s always somewhere you can get out and visit regardless of the season and regardless of whether you want to walk or take a bus/car.