Efford Valley

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Efford Valley is a good sized greenspace (nine hectares, that's about nine football fields!), looking over to the River Plym and Saltram, in the heart of the community of Efford. It's a great space for all ages, with good quality paths, natural play features, benches and a woodland classroom seating area. Sited in a valley means there are hills to walk up, but the views really make up for it!

It's also great for nature - home to a wide variety of habitats including woodland, wildflower meadows, an orchard and marshlands. Between 2008 to 2010, the site was the focus of improvements including woodland thinning, path improvements, play improvements and interpretation.

Opening times

  • Open 24 hours a day and free to use


  • Natural play activity trail in the woodland area

Walks, nature and scenery

  • Views over the River Plym to Saltram
  • The valley is very steep but several itineraries are possible along well maintained paths, there are two suggested circular walks shown on the interpretation board at the top of the valley
  • Woodland classroom seating area
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Orchard
  • Bins and dog bins


  • Seating throughout the valley


  • Site is in a steep valley
  • Majority of paths are well-surfaced and allow access to pram and wheelchair users
  • Several other paths which climb steeply up the sides of the valley through the woodland include steps and are less well surfaced

Travel and directions

  • 50m from Torridge Way shops (Efford)
  • Accessible using public transport with bus stops along Torridge Way, Blandford Road and Pike Road
  • Parking available on adjacent road (no official car park)