A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Leave the city centre to explore the fields, cherry orchards and wooded lanes of Ludwell Valley Park. Follow trails along the Northbrook stream or climb to the top of Pynes Hill for stunning views over Exeter.

About the reserve

Ludwell Valley Park is one of six Exeter Valley Parks managed by Devon Wildlife Trust

The park is a working farm on the edge of the busy city of Exeter. Many of the fields provide free access to people wishing to enjoy this tranquil setting.

Next to the farmland is Wonford Playing Fields where there is space to kick a ball around, jog with the dog, or take a leisurely stroll beside the Northbrook. The valley is a real wildlife haven. Harvest mice nest in the fields, whitethroats and blackcaps skulk in the hedgerows and orange-tip and painted lady butterflies feed on the wildflowers.

Getting around the park

Access is from Ludwell Lane, Topsham Road, Parkland Drive and Pynes Hill. There is a range of circular walks.

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/nature-reserves/ludwell-valley-park  

A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Paths lead you through a heathland landscape of gorse and heather. A great place to spot secretive reptiles and nightjars.

About the reserve

This is one of the best remaining examples of the heathland landscape which once dominated this part of Devon.

Take any one of a number of paths to explore the reserve's heather and gorse covered landscape. As you go look out for basking reptiles - common lizards, adders and grass snakes all live here.

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/nature-reserves/bovey-heathfield 

A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

A wonderful heathland haven with some very special wildlife.

About the reserve

Chudleigh Knighton Heath is a heathland mosaic of gorse, heather and grassland. This was once the landscape which stretched for miles across what is known locally as the Bovey Basin. Today, the nature reserve is a reminder of what has been lost and also acts as a vital heathland home to some special wildlife.

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/nature-reserves/chudleigh-knighton-heath

A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

A fascinating 'new' landscape created from the diggings of nearby clay quarries. Birds, butterflies and wildflowers jostle for room amongst its meadowland and steep-sided slopes.

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/nature-reserves/teigngrace-meadow 

A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

This nature reserve is one of Devon's top places for dragonfly and damselfly watching. Bring binoculars for an up close view of these wonderful insects.

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/nature-reserves/little-bradley-ponds 

A former farmhouse in majestic grounds, now providing meeting areas and rural skills training venue

Woodah Farm is not open to the public. It's former farmhouse has been converted to provide office space, a meeting room and workshops for the promotion of rural skills. It is set in 140 acres of semi-improved grassland and has spectacular views from the plateau at the top. It is a great asset and provides activity space for educational events, a venue for meetings and a demonstration site. Call Devon Wildlife Trust to make a booking enquiry.

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/nature-reserves/woodah-farm-rural-skills-centre 

 

A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

A trip to Scanniclift Copse is to experience the Teign Valley's rich patchwork landscape of hedges and small woods set among fields.

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/nature-reserves/scanniclift-copse 

A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

At more than 800 years of age, Cricklepit Mill is Exeter's last working watermill. Surrounded by a unique urban wildlife garden, Cricklepit Mill also serves as Devon Wildlife Trust's headquarters.

Cricklepit Mill offers you a place to escape from it all in the very heart of the busy city of Exeter.  

The 18th century watermill sits in an extensive wildlife garden. The place has a secretive feel - many long term Exeter residents tell us they never knew it existed!

Explore Exeter from here

The mill is the perfect place to begin to discover Exeter. Start here and then explore on foot or by bike. Exeter's historic Quayside is only five minutes away by foot, while the beautiful Valley Parks are within a pleasant 20 minute stroll.

For the more adventurous a River Exe Wild Walk takes you on a six-mile exploration of the local landscape including Devon Wildlife Trust's Old Sludge Bed and Exe Reed Bed nature reserves.

Cricklepit Mill is the home of Devon Wildlife Trust.

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/nature-reserves/cricklepit-mill

A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

This small but wildlife rich meadow provides commanding views across the city.

About the reserve

Whitycombe Valley Park is one of six Exeter Valley Parks managed by Devon Wildlife Trust

At just one hectare, this small site is worth a visit to see some pristine meadow and a seldom seen view of the city.

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/nature-reserves/whitycombe-valley-park 

 

A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

A surprise awaits you in the Redhills part of Exeter. Barley Valley Park allows you to explore 11 hectares of pretty rolling hills and tranquil walks in the setting of a local nature reserve.

About the reserve

Barley Valley Park is one of six Exeter Valley Parks managed by Devon Wildlife Trust

This western ridge line of the city has splendid rural valleys and offers excellent views of the city.

Barley Valley Park has a patchwork of woods and meadows for you to explore. A network of footpaths and bridleways lead to and from the Valley Park allowing you to extend your visit and explore the farmland fringes of Exeter. 

Directions

There are several entrances into Barley Valley Local Nature Reserve that can be found off Higher Barley Mount, at the junction of Bowhay Lane Bridleway and Barley Lane and at the end of Antonine Crescent.

Did you know, a German bomber crashed in the reserve during the bombing raid on Exeter in WW2?

https://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/nature-reserves/barley-valley-park

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