Going out and adventuring is my favourite thing to do in my spare time; what better way is there to spend your days than getting out and exploring Mother Nature? Plymouth and its surrounding areas has so much to offer, it would be a huge shame to miss out on it. If you’re at some loose ends this winter, grab your coat, hat and scarf and check out some local beauty spots. You won’t regret it!
One of my favourite ways to spend a day is to drive up to the Fox Tor Café in Princetown and walk up to South Hessary Tor. If you drive, or have a friend that does, this is a really easy, accessible walk to sink your teeth into. I like it because it’s nice and flat, with some beautiful scenery for Instagram! Of course, you’re obligated to visit the Fox Tor Café for a Dartmoor Delight (a hot chocolate with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and a chocolate flake!) and a slice of cake afterwards. Really, it’s rude not to!
If you fancy a bit more of a challenge, take a drive to Foggintor Quarry. There are some truly idyllic views to be had, and you can walk for as much or as little as you like. Again, this is a great place to go if you’re keen on walking or indulging in some nature photography. You’ll be able to take some truly beautiful pictures.
If you don’t drive – and I don’t, so I empathise – there are still some awesome places to check out in and around Plymouth. I feel like the Barbican and the Hoe don’t get the credit they deserve; why not walk through town, around the Hoe and down to the Barbican, where you can treat yourself to some delicious Devonshire ice cream at the end of it?
You’ve also got Drake’s Reservoir, which is right on campus. This place is a slightly hidden beauty – I’ve spent a lot of time there, pre and post lectures, and it’s a place that deserves to be shouted about more! You can sit down and watch the world go by, or even play some ping pong at the communal table. Either way, if you haven’t checked it out, you should!
Lastly, it would be a huge shame for anyone to study at the University of Plymouth without paying a visit to the Otter and Butterfly Sanctuary in Sparkwell! At £8.50 a ticket, it’s a great way to spend a few hours if you have the means of getting out there – the otters are so ridiculously cute, and it’s a fantastic way to learn more about Plymouth and Devon, whilst also supporting the conservation of otters and butterflies. Make sure you pay it a visit!