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Southwest Coastal Path - Stop-over at the Athenaeum Lodge Guest House in Plymouth

The Athenaeum Lodge Guest House, Plymouth, Devon is on the main route of the coatal path and therefore a convenient place to rest for a night before moving onward. Some of you may be walking Westards orand others Eastwards, but it makes no difference to final stop in Plymouth - The Athenaeum Lodge Guest House.

Lets assume you are walking from Portwrinkle to Plymouth. It's about 15miles and covers some of the most beautiful scenary in the Sout West. Walking along this stretch of the South Cornwall Coast Path is mainly fairly easy, although there are some short, steep ascents and descents in places. The path passes a military firing range at Tregantle Fort. Here you may take the seaward permissive path or if the red flags are flying you will need to take the route that follows the B3247. Follow the rugged cliffs of Freathy, which is dotted with holiday cabins, to the impressive promontory of Rame Head and take in views enjoyed here for centuries.

The urban landscape of Plymouth is not far away, yet as you set off for Penlee Point the Path becomes rather surprisingly wild. It changes once again as you take the easy Paths through sheltered woodland to the twin villages of Cawsand and Kingsand. After following the sweep of Cawsand Bay, you reach the tamed landscape of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, with many interesting Grade II listed features and fantastic views of Plymouth Sound and the River Tamar opening up ahead.

From Mount Edgecumbe country park take the Cremyll Ferry to Admirals Hard.The Cremyll Ferry crosses the Tamar River, and connects Plymouth and South East Cornwall. The ferry is based at Mount Edgcumbe on the Rame Peninsula, a stunning and historic house of national importance.

The house was built between 1547 and 1553. It was gutted by German bombs in 1943, and restored from 1958 onwards by the 6th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe. In 1971, the 7th Earl sold the house and park to Cornwall County Council and Plymouth City Council, and it has been open to the public since 1988. The estate is jointly owned by Cornwall County Council and Plymouth City Council and is one of the region's most popular historic tourist destinations. It is open daily all year round to visitors from 8 am to dusk, and the park houses the National Camellia Collection.

The grounds and gardens, with its cafes, garden centre, bat barn, scenic walks and seasonal events, make a wonderful place to visit. The house itself is a great example of period architecture, with much local historic significance. On the other side of the Tamar is Devonport, a regeneration area of Plymouth, with much new architectural development blending with its interesting naval and Georgian historical past. Cremyll Ferry departs from Mount Edgecumbe every 30 minutes. (8 minute crossing time) on the hour and half hour.

From the Admirals hard the Athenaeum Lodge Guest house is abouth 15 minutes walk. If you're tired you can ring for a taxi. Try 01752 222222. The fare should be a minimum charge.

From the Guest house the next part of the journey is to Webury point and is about 15miles again. The first part of this journey follows the new Waterfront Walkway along some of the vibrant, historic streets of the largest city on the South West Coast Path. The Path offers fantastic views over Plymouth Sound and has many extraordinary artistic features to look out for, all celebrating the rich history of this important city.

There is so much to see here (including a knitted breakfast, a porthole wall, a rhino and gold bullion) that it is not really possible to mention it all. You may like to get a copy of the guide to the Waterfront Walkway in advance, and perhaps also a copy of the Nautical Telegraph Code Book to help decode the messages set in pavements around the city!

From the blue pillar on Jennycliff, which marks the end of the Waterfront Walkway Path, the urban landscape is left behind as the Path enters part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. To your right as you walk, you will see Plymouth Sound in all it's glory. After Andurn Point the Path offers easy walking close to the sea, past the old naval gunnery school of HMS Cambridge and on to Wembury with its incredibly diverse plant and animal life and fantastic views of the Great Mew Stone.

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