Downfield open space

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Downfield open space is a nine hectare expanse of greenspace (more like a nature reserve than a park). The greenspace offers views north to the southern edge of Dartmoor National Park.

The park offers a more natural experience than most parks with several habitats including marshland, grasslands, woodlands and the Chaddlewood Stream.

Opening times

  • Open 24 hours a day and free to use

Sports facilities

  • Basketball hoop


  • Swings and a slide

Walks, nature and scenery

  • Views of Dartmoor National Park
  • National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 2 runs through the park
  • Walking routes are steep and unsurfaced giving the park a country feel
  • Marshland with species such as meadowsweet and marsh thistle present
  • Good quality grassland with species such as yellow rattle and common knapweed present
  • Mature woodlands
  • Wildflower meadows
  • Fields and hedgerows
  • Bins and dog bins at the entrances


  • There are few seats in the park


  • The only level path is that running along NCN Route 2, other routes are unsuitable for pram and wheelchair users

Travel and directions

  • 500m from Plympton shops
  • Accessible using public transport with bus stops along Ridgeway and Glen Road
  • Parking available on adjacent roads (no official car park)