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Cricklepit Mill

Historic watermill, wildlife gardens and home of Devon Wildlife Trust

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! 


Bee-friendly borders, bug homes, a sensory section and seating are all features of a space cared for by a team of volunteer gardeners. The garden is a great place to come and relax or to eat your picnic.


Grey wsagtail takes flight from branch


Urban wildlife up close

The garden is also the place to see wildlife. Otters, grey wagtails, kingfishers and sparrowhawks are all regularly spotted here. A bird feeding station is busy in winter, while in summer the garden's borders and mini-meadows attract a good range of moths and butterflies.  


Inside the Mill interactive displays and a printed guide let you explore Cricklepit's fascinating history. Milling open days are also held each month providing the chance to see the watermill in operation and grinding flour in the old-fashioned way.


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.

Species and habitats

Otter, Dipper

Nearby nature reserves

Old Sludge Beds
3 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Exe Reed Beds
3 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Woodah Farm Rural Skills Centre
6 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Cricklepit Mill, Commercial Road
Map reference
SX 919 922
Great for...
a family day out
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (closed Bank Holidays)
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities
Disabled toilet
Access to the visitor centre and viewing area is suitable for all visitors. Parts of the garden are also fully accessible.
Walking information
Links in to Exeter riverside walks and Valley Park
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Devon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01392 279244