Monday, 27 July 2015

Exploring hidden Plymouth

Last weekend I set off to Plymouth with the hounds to go and explore somewhere new.

Hooe Lake from the breakwater
Mother and I have been saying for ages we'd like to explore more of Plymouth as it is a great city with lots of interesting places that we just wouldn't visit on a regular basis.

I saw someone post some lovely pictures online from their dog walk and it looked so lovely I had to find out where it was.
After a little bit of investigation, I found out it was Radford Park and Hooe Lake in Plymstock. We have driven past it many times but never knew it was there.

The park has its own website with lots of interesting historical information on it and that can be found here.

The park and lake was lovely - not hugely busy and a very pleasant, easy walk around the lake.
We walked through some light tree cover then came to a breakwater type thing with Radford Castle on it. The Castle was obviously used for defending the lake back in the day and one side of this breakwater was freshwater and the other side was tidal.
Radford Castle

The Breakwater and Radford Castle

The tidal side of the lake had several old skeletons of huge boats that were probably some type of barge.
Once we crossed the breakwater, we walked back through some lovely woodland. The paths are well used and I could have turned down a different route to take me into Turnchapel (another wonderful place to visit).

Hooe Lake - tidal side

Lovely woodland at Radford Park

Halfway along the side, we came across some old ruins of small houses and some sort of defences. There was a grinding wheel, a fireplace dated 1640 and a small boathouse to unload boats straight into the house.
It was fascinating and I never knew it existed!!


Fireplace dated 1640

Grinding wheel

Turret defences


I have been back since and showed Mother our lovely walk and she was equally impressed.
There is a nice stream for the dogs to paddle in (Dixie went through a boggy bit and ended up black up to her armpits!)
There is also a beach sort of bit at the end of the freshwater lake where people feed the ducks and it's also perfect for furry dogs to have a cool down.

Dibbling in the stream


Furry dog paddling with the ducks

Hooe Lake and Radford Castle in the background

I'm so glad I discovered this walk and I'm excited for the next place to go and explore!


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