Paths and Places

A. Pounds Park Named after Pounds House built in 1829.   

B. Cricket Field Currently vacant, the field was home to Plymouth Cricket Club until 2009 when it moved to Mount Wise.   

C. Love’s Field Takes its name from John Love who lived at Outlands before it was the childhood home of Captain Scott, the Antarctic explorer.    

D. Harper’s Field Named for William Harper who played for Plymouth Argyle between 1931 and 1939.  He returned to the club after the Second World War and made a significant contribution as a trainer and groundsman. He died in 1989 aged 92.       

E. Barn Park Field The levelled area takes its name from Barn Park Road which leads to the park entrance nearby. 

F. Reservoir Field Named after the Stonehouse Reservoirs that occupied this site between 1860 and c1970.

G. Zoo Field Named after the zoo that occupied this field between 1962 and 1978.

H. Mawson Meadow The family firm of TH Mawson and Sons designed the park in 1928 and their work is commemorated by the name here. 

I. Life Centre Field Takes its name from the Life Centre on its northern edge.

J. Clock Tower The Clock Tower roundabout is a central meeting place.

K. Cottage Field Named after Gilbert Cottage which stood on the southern side of Gilbert Lane.  The garden gate opening from Gilbert Lane still exists.

L. Family Tree Field Plymouth’s Family Tree Scheme occupied this field between 2004 and 2022.  It was formerly known as Lane End. 

M. Events Field Constructed 2012-2019 for the purpose of holding major events.

N. Long Meadow Contains a large area of wildflower meadow planting in semi-improved neutral grassland. 

O. Golf Course Home to the nine-hole golf course.

P. Sports Plateau Home to soccer and rugby pitches.

Q. Tip Site The levelled area was made by tipping rubble on the site. 

R. Wallow Takes its name from the muddy hollow much favoured by dogs.

S. The Valley Describes the significant landscape feature on the park’s eastern edge.  It has also been known as ‘the Dene’ and ‘Cemetery Bottom.’

T. Southern Slopes The large sloping area at the southern end of the park. 

1. Pounds Avenue (Blossom Path) The long straight path through Pounds Park is lined with cherry trees and their blossom makes a spectacular sight each spring. 

2. Venn Lane The area used to be known as Lower Venn. ‘Venn’ comes from ‘fen’ to mean an area of low-lying boggy ground.

3. The Loop Takes its name from the path’s looping course.

4. Coronation Avenue Trees were planted along this path in 1937 to commemorate the coronation of King George VI. 

5. Jubilee Row Trees were planted along this path in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.    

6. Gilbert Lane The path is reputed to be named after the farmer at the time the lane was made.

7. Britannia Way Leads to the road junction where the Britannia Inn stands.

8. Discovery Way Leads from Outland Road near the childhood home of Captain Scott, who sailed in HMS Discovery on his first expedition to the Antarctic. 

9. Adventure Path Marks the connection with Commander Tobias Furneaux who was born in nearby Swilly House. He commanded HMS Adventure on Captain Cook’s second voyage to the Pacific (1772-1775) and was the first person to circumnavigate the globe from west to east and the first to do so in both directions.

10. Channel Path Seems to follow a channel and the name accords with the maritime theme of other paths in the area. 

11. Neptune Path Takes its name from the stone carving that is set into the hedge bank about half way along the path.  

12. Eddystone Walk The Eddystone Lighthouse can be seen from here on fine days. 

13. Endeavour Hill A steep path that also commemorates the name of Captain Cook’s ship on his first voyage of discovery which left Plymouth in 1768.  

14. Knollys Terrace Francis Knollys was a privateer captain with Francis Drake.  Other roads in the area are named after people who sailed with Drake.     

15. Cascade Path Named after the cascade that forms in periods of wet weather although it was buried with stone chippings in 2019.  

16. Pinch Path So called because of its narrowness and the way it pinches around a large tree.

17. Rooks Hill The area has been a favourite haunt for rooks. 

18. Orchard Path Constructed in 2015, the path leads past the community orchard planted in 2016.  

19. Valley Path Runs the whole length of the Valley.