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.



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.


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. 


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?


A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Stroll through buttercup-filled meadows alongside the winding River Exe with wonderful views across the city to its cathedral.

About the reserve

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

Its 40 hectares sit between Clapperbrook Lane and Bridge Road.  This is an easy Valley Park to visit: it is close to the city centre and just a short walk from the historic Quayside.  It offers river views, excellent walking and cycling paths and flood plain meadows giving way to the wilder estuary.



A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Wonderful views of the Exe Valley beyond the city stretch from this peaceful corner. Enjoy grassland walks at Belvidere, or visit Duryard for a good picnic site overlooking the valley.

About the reserve

Duryard and Belvidere Valley Park is one of six Exeter Valley Parks managed by Devon Wildlife Trust

Two sites to explore over 11 hectares near the University of Exeter, with some very long views and peaceful meadow walks in a local nature reserve.

Did you know, Duryard was once a Royal Saxon deer park. (dur meaning deer and yard meaning hunting area)?




A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

An ancient woodland to explore, with added panorama of the North Devon landscape.

About the reserve

There's much to see both within and looking out from the reserve. Take a path under mature oaks, ashes and hazel coppice to discover glades of spring woodland flowers, while the level hilltop location, just a few miles south of Barnstaple, gives wide views of the surrounding countryside.


A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Devon Wildlife Trust's latest nature reserve. A must for bird watchers. No access at present to the nature reserve but great views of it and its wildlife are available from a public road/path…


A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Thirteen fields of wildflower-rich Culm grassland make up this smallholding which has remained unchanged for decades.

About the reserve

Meshaw Moor is what many parts of mid and north Devon would have once looked, smelt, felt and sounded like.

It's patchwork of small irregular shaped fields are bounded by hedges. The fields themselves are classic Culm and flower-rich hay meadows. So rich is Meshaw's crop of summer flowers we often harvest its seed and use it to restore grasslands elsewhere.


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