Dry Slope Skiing
There are at least 2 ski centres in Devon, one smaller one in Torquay & the larger John Nike Ski centre in Plymouth.
The photo if of the Plymouth ski centre, they also teach snowboarding here & have recently added a toboggan run and an area you can slide down one of the slopes on huge tubes.
There are 3 slopes, a nursery slope behind the bar with no lift. An intermediate one which also has moguls which are great fun, but a horrid drag lift & the largest one you can see in the photo, which has a button lift. You need Gloves, long sleeved trousers & shirt, all else will be provided.
This is not a cheap hobby, check the web site below for current prices.
Go for a walk in Central Park
Plymouth's Central Park is located a few miles north of the city centre and railway station. It is a large grassy area, with play areas, the Mayflower Leisure Centre and other sporting areas including tennis, golf and baseball. It is also the home of Plymouth Argyle Football Club. When I walked through here early one sunny morning in May, the park's only other visitors were dog walkers and a couple of retired men enjoying a leisurely game of golf. Later in the day they are joined by young mothers and their children, and then in the late afternoon school children also enjoy the park.
I feel I should warn parents and young women... I went to school near the park, and on more than one occasion we had visits from police officers warning that there were flashers in the area and to avoid walking alone in the park. That was quite a few years ago, and I don't know if it is still a problem, but better safe than sorry.
The National Marine Aquarium
If you like the ocean and everything associated, first of all, well done, for choosing Plymouth!! Secondly, give this place a look. It is not over expensive costing £8.75 for adults and you get the free reign of the place.
There are plenty of activities on all day long and the entire aquarium has a lot of interactive features, so even the little ones stay entertained when they cannot see the small, hidden fish.
Just recently, the NMA was part of a scheme to create Britains first man-made reef, sinking the HMS Scylla, a Leander class Frigate in Whitsand Bay, just off Cornwalls coast. There is a wealth of information following the developments of this inside the aquarium.
I didn't (couldn't!) count how many species of marine life there is there, but they cover all the favourites (Sharks, Sea-Horses, You name it!) from many different habitats, including the Atlantic Reefs & Mediterranean Sea.
It now leads the way with marine scientific research and does a great deal of exciting work for the good of the oceans.
Please do not take flash photographs though, as it can damage the wildlife.
I cannot recommend this place enough...
Plymouth, England April 2008
"Plymouth, England April 2008"
Plymouth originated as a small fishing village and has been a major English seaport for over 500 years. It was from Plymouth that the famous Mayflower set sail for the New World in 1620. Since then, countless navigators and pioneers, including Sir Francis Drake and Captain Bligh, have embarked from this port on voyages all over the world.
LadyTravel's new Plymouth page
PHOTO:- Plymouth Hoe
I will writing about Plymouth in due course.. as it is my home city,I will be adding more as take some photos in the city(would you believe I have very few!!!!) but in the mean time please look at Cornwall Travelogue which is the county I live in..