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Meeth Quarry

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. 
 

To start exploring this nature reserve use our Meeth Quarry Wild Walk.

 

Be aware

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. 

 

Species and habitats

Species
Brown Hare, Skylark, Ragged-Robin, Shoveler, Southern hawker

Nearby nature reserves

Ash Moor
1 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Halsdon
3 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Stapleton Mire
6 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
near village of Meeth 4 miles north of Hatherleigh EX20 3ER
Hatherleigh
Devon
EX20 3ER
Map reference
SS 547 078
Great for...
a family day out
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Public transport
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Opening Times
8am-dusk for vehicle access to car park
Facilities
Picnic facilities
Toilets
Disabled toilet
Size
150.00 hectares
Access
Yes

The Red waymarked trail is suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. For those wanting to explore the area on foot use our Meeth Quarry Wild Walk as your guide.
Walking information
A series of colour-coded trails allows access on foot, bicycle, horseback or mobility scooter. The Quarry adjoins DWT's existing nature reserve at Ash Moor and is adjacent to the Tarka trail for those wishing to explore the area. A three-mile Meeth Quarry Wild Walk acts as great introduction to the area.
Parking
Large car park. Follow access road off A386 for quarter of a mile, then car park is on left.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Ponies
Reserve manager
Devon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01392 279244
contactus@devonwildlifetrust.org

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