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Mill Bottom

Mill Bottom has a closed-in feel; ancient granite boulders hide amongst the trees and the rocks' cracks create the perfect spot for local bats to hang out in.

This nature reserve offers a chance to explore a secretive woodland on the edge of Dartmoor.


Access is across a neighbouring property. Please be considerate when accessing Mill Bottom.


Once inside the reserve you'll be walking beneath a dense canopy of ash, hazel, holly, hawthorn and spindle. More than 100 kinds of flowering plant have been recorded here. Snowdrops and bluebells are part of this long list.


Making tracks with badgers and foxes

The Wray Brook runs along one side of the reserve. Otters often use this section to search for food, as do herons. Inside the woodland there are lots of badger tracks. This is also a good place to see foxes.


Red fox peeping through grass


Going further from Mill Bottom

The nature reserve sits at the centre of Lustleigh, a classic Devon village on the edges of Dartmoor. A pub, cafe and shop make it a great base to discover the area. A good network of paths make for excellent walking.


The Wray Valley Trail passes close to Mill Bottom nature reserve, providing cyclists, walkers and horseriders a link to Devon Wildlife Trust's Bovey Heathfield and Teigngrace Meadow nature reserves.


Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Little Bradley Ponds
3 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Bovey Heathfield
4 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Lower East Lounston
4 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

In Lustleigh village, on the east side of Dartmoor
Nr Bovey Tracey
TQ13 9TJ gets you nearby
Map reference
SX 786 812
Best time to visit
Mar - Oct
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Opening Times
Open at all times
1.60 hectares
Access across a neighbours land - please be considerate. Rough ground with large boulders. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
Watch out for slippery boulders and the fast flowing stream that floods in winter allow 30 minutes to explore this site.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Devon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01392 279244


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