Mount Batten (Breakwater)

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Mount Batten (Breakwater)

The Mount Batten breakwater was built in 1878 with it's purpose to protect Sutton Harbour from the pounding sea waves. During the First World war, it was also used as part of a Royal Air Force Base and seaplanes were often parked along it. The breakwater became a public area again in the 1990s and is now a popular walking and fishing location.

From the breakwater you can experience some lovely views of Plymouth and the surrounding coast. It's very interesting to see the Hoe from the breakwater as it gives a really different perspective of Plymouth - most of the time you are looking away when you're at the Hoe!

To reach Mount Batten, you can either drive through Plymstock or you can catch a ride on the Mount Batten Ferry from the Barbican, which runs 363 days of the year! You can find more information and the costs for the ferry at

Other Images:

Along the breakwater
Along the breakwater 2
Rocks and seaweed below
The Hoe from the breakwater
Closeup of the Hoe
Looking back to the Barbican
More seaweed!
Looking towards Bovisand
Mount Batten (Breakwater)
Sparkling sea alongside the breakwater
RAF Mount Batten details

Distance from Sundial Rough Walking Time
1472 metres 18 minutes

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