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“I never tire of this changing view”
Review of Plymouth Sound

Plymouth Sound
Ranked #5 of 188 things to do in Plymouth
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Reviewed July 23, 2014

We are really privileged to have this in our view from home. It is never the same as the various shipping (cross channel ferries and Military shipping of various nationalities amongst them) and fishing boats and pleasure boats provide constant interest - not to mention the weather which brings contrasting effects from mirror calm and strange tracks across the water to choppy surface,with white horses and breakers crashing over places like Fort Bovisand in stormy weather. The appearance of the mile long breakwater itself changes with the state of the tide disappearing almost completely with a high Spring tide. The skies too can be most dramatic with a great variation of sunsets, colours and cloud formations. The view over to the Cornish side from Devon with Cawsand and Kingsand and Mount Edgecombe is most attractive often with Cawsand and Kinsgsand lit up by the only available sun light - but on a misty day Cornwall and indeed the breakwater can disappear without trace. The South West Coat path is most attractive to walk along on the Devon side from Wembury and its Mewstone, along past Bovisand and out to Jennycliff and Mount Batten with its pier. Several historic Forts can be seen from the Sound - Fort Picklecombe on the Cornish side and Fort Bovisand (already mentioned) and Fort Stamford near MountBatten where there is also an ancient tower set on a hill top.

Thank Liz L
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

Plymouth Sound is the bay at Plymouth measurng about six kilometres across from Plymouth Hoe on its northern side to Penlee Point on its south-western side. Always much activity on the Sound, from the Brittany Ferries, to sailing and motor yachts, wind-surfers, and cargo plus merchant ships. Magnificent views, sunsets and sunrises, but keep in mind that this calm picture recently became a very stormy one when the waves broke over the high breakwater walls, causing millions of pounds' damage.

1  Thank Dave P
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

came here for a swim with my housemate following a session at the gym. so refreshing but very very cold, we were the only ones there swimming without a wetsuit! I would definitely recommend it to people, one for the plymouth bucket list!

Thank luce l
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Reviewed July 5, 2014

Came out to the Breakwater on the first Saturday evening in July. An organised trip with group from Stonehouse. Apparently current rules require permission from the Queen's Harbourmaster to land on the Breakwater, although on arrival we discovered that this formality is easily dealt with, there being possibly a hundred varied fishermen already spread along the mile length and we discovered that a group of Ramblers had been out a couple of days before.

We were lucky with the weather. Perfect warm balmy evening, excellent visibility. There is a short vertical ladder from the landing stage in the centre of the breakwater just south of the circular fort (which looks from the Hoe as if it is on the breakwater but is in fact 100m+ north of it. We walked east for about half a mile to the conical granite structure topped by a large black metal cage, alleged used as a sanctuary for anyone caught in bad weather to stop them being washed away while waiting rescue. Then walked back about a mile to the other end to peer up at the small unmanned lighthouse. There were one or two large concrete blocks which had been thrown up by the sea onto the flat top of the breakwater. The surface, maybe 25m wide for the full length is flat and easily walkable. The surface of the original limestone has been scoured by the sea and is rough so not slippery. There are no facilities so take care not to drink too much on the approx 30min journey out. We stayed for maybe an hour and a half for a very interesting, unusual and enjoyable experience. Present access is not wheelchair friendly.

2  Thank HillyCirencester
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

When the weather is fine there is no other place like it. If you have a boat or can bag a place on one, then head for the Sound.
I am sure you will then want to write your own review singing it's praises!

Thank mike f
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