Bike trails and footpaths bring you close to wonderful wildlife
Russ Liley (Freeline Graphics)
Bike trails, easy access trails and paths take you through a landscape with an industrial history. Two huge lakes, grassland and woodland dominate this former clay quarry. Butterflies, hares, dragonflies and birds have now replaced the quarry workers.
A Devon Wildlife Trust nature reserve experience like no other – Meeth Quarry’s industrial past has produced a fascinating landscape for visiting today.
Until the late 1990s this was a busy quarry producing clay for export. Today it’s a tranquil wildlife haven with great access for visitors. However the signs of its history remain.
Bring your bike and binoculars!
Two enormous lakes sit within an undulating landscape formed from clay. Dotted in between are ponds, woodlands and grasslands.
Running through the reserve’s heart is the Tarka Trail cycle/walking path. Use your bike to explore the reserve on dedicated bike tracks or explore on foot. Picnic areas, a bird hide, large car park, toilets and some wonderful views make this one of our most visitor-friendly sites.
Get close to the wildlife
Wildlife has also been quick to make a home at Meeth Quarry. This is a wonderful place to see butterflies and dragonflies up close during spring, summer and autumn. In winter, spot brown hares on the reserve’s grassy slopes and geese and ducks on its lakes.
Meeth Quarry's two lakes are deep, steep-sided and contain hidden obstructions. For this reason swimming is not permitted anywhere on the nature reserve.
Wildlife of Meeth
Meeth provides a home to the rare wood white butterfly. The video below, captured by John Chapple, shows their courtship display.