SX4750 : Plymouth Breakwater from above Redding Point

taken 12 years ago, 3 km from Heybrook Bay, Devon, Great Britain

Plymouth Breakwater from above Redding Point
Plymouth Breakwater from above Redding Point
Photographer position is an estimate. The photo was taken over six years ago. This part of the Mount Edgcumbe estate is a labyrinth of steep paths in dense Holm Oak woodland. This must be the general location of the Zig-Zags, intricate walks laid out around 1760 on the cliffs and famous in the 18th and 19th centuries as 'The Horrors'. The Mount Edgcumbe guide book says "The lower cliff paths and some stone seats have been lost in cliff falls."

Plymouth Breakwater is just under a mile long with the detached fort near its midpoint. Begun in 1812 it was "sufficiently complete by 1814 to shelter ships of the line". LinkExternal link In the distance across the Sound is the coast around Wembury Point with the Great Mew Stone offshore.
Mount Edgcumbe
The rugged Mount Edgcumbe promontory is at the extreme southeast corner of Cornwall, bordering Plymouth Sound and across the Hamoaze from the city of Plymouth. At its heart is Mount Edgcumbe House, built in 1550 and surrounded by formal gardens, an eighteenth-century landscaped park, deer park and wooded hillsides dropping steeply to the sea.

The estate belonged to the Edgcumbe family for almost five centuries. Their original mediaeval home was at Cotehele ten miles to the north. They also owned the ancient fortified town of Stonehouse across the river.

In the twentieth century family tragedy, the impact of World War II and taxation led the sixth Earl to give Cotehele to the National Trust in 1947. The seventh Earl sold Mount Edgcumbe House and some 865 acres of land for use as a country park in 1971. With support from the then Countryside Commission the property was bought by Cornwall County Council and Plymouth City Council and managed jointly.

There is of course access by road in Cornwall. A popular way to visit from Plymouth is to take the Cremyll Ferry from Admiral's Hard at Stonehouse.

(Adapted from the excellent guide to Mount Edgcumbe by Cynthia Gaskell Brown).
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 6 June, 2006   (more nearby)
Friday, 7 December, 2012
Geographical Context
Coastal  Country estates  Park and Public Gardens 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 471 504 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:20.0180N 4:8.9857W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 458 518
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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