There are 9.3 miles (14.9Km) of the South West Coast Path in Plymouth running between Admiral's Hard in Stonehouse and Jennycliff in Plymstock. It's only a small stretch but the Council have done a lot with it and in 2002 we spent nearly £400,000 on an exciting mix of art works and interpretation to explain much of Plymouth's history and heritage.
Our section of the SWCP is known as Plymouth's Waterfront Walkway and there is a written guide to accompany the walk. The guide contains a wealth of information about the various artworks along the route as well as revealing many interesting facts about Plymouth's history and heritage including:
The meaning behind the iconic 'Barbican Prawn'
Why it was an almost daily occurrence to see blocks of gold bullion at the entrance to Millbay docks guarded only by a single unarmed policeman
How Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle came to live in Plymouth
How the Eddystone Lighthouse, the predecessor to Smeaton's Tower, was built using a revolutionary new design that was so strong that it withstood the sea for 123 years and was only replaced because the sea undermined its rock base. Also learn of the grizzly death of one of its keepers
Why there is a 10-tonne stone rhinoceros on the coast path at Plymstock
What a pub in Oreston has to do with Robinson Crusoe
Why Mount Batten was so important to Lawrence of Arabia.
If you want to find out more you will need a copy of the SWCP walking guide. You can download a copy below or pick one up free of charge from the Tourist Information Centre, 3 to 5 The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LR, 01752 306330. You can also view Plymouth's Waterfront Walkway on Google maps.