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Teigngrace Meadow

A fascinating 'new' landscape created from the diggings of nearby clay quarries. Birds, butterflies and wildflowers jostle for room amongst its meadowland and steep-sided slopes. The Wray Valley Trail traffic-free path runs through the reserve making this a great place to visit by bike, horse or on foot.


Take a tour of our Teigngrace Meadow nature reserve in the company of naturalist and TV presenter Nick Baker...


This is a fascinating new Devon Wildlife Trust nature reserve. At present it lacks the signage and visitor information that we like to provide. This will change in the future but in the meantime you are free to explore its mix of meadows, riverbank and great views.


Wildlife to look out for includes: green-winged orchids, marbled white and dingy skipper butterflies, meadow pipits and skylarks. Walk to the top of the nature reserve's hill for wonderful views of Dartmoor, the Teign estuary and the sea. 


Visitors walk and cycle through Devon Wildlife Trust's Teigngrace Meadow


This nature reserve was formed from nearby clay quarries. Teigngrace is surrounded by the signs of this industry.  


****May 2017 - important information****

The National Grid is carrying out essential maintenance works on south Devon pylon conductors and DWT Teigngrace Meadow has been identified as a key location to place cable winch equipment. A trackway will be temporarily established on matting to access the pylons and fencing will be erected to ensure operations don’t overspill into the surrounding grasslands – the work will avoid the majority of the reserve.


This is an exceptionally complex and essential national infrastructure project but this need mustn’t override the requirement to keep local negative impacts to an absolute minimum. This is a terrible time of year for these works to occur and regrettably mistakes have already been made by National Grid contractors in cutting of vegetation in the wrong places. We are in frequent discussions with NG to reduce impacts and Natural England is supportive of our concerns.


The cable pulling will occur from Sunday 21 May. We have been given assurances that the works will only occur for a four week period and that the areas impacted will be reinstated. DWT is very unhappy about the timing of the operations and the short term impacts on this special site but we will continue to work closely with NG to ensure the impacts are kept to a minimum.


Perfect by horse, bike or shanks' pony

The best way to visit Teigngrace Meadow is on foot, by bike or horse. The Wray Valley Trail (traffic-free) runs through the reserve. Heading south-east from Bovey Tracey cross the A38 on a pedestrian footbridge, Teigngrace Meadow is immediately on your right (west).


Use Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 110 - Torquay and Dawlish to explore this nature reserve. 



Access and conservation improvements at Teigngrace Meadow have been generously supported by Biffa Award.

Species and habitats

Green-winged Orchid, Marbled White

Nearby nature reserves

Chudleigh Knighton Heath
1 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Bovey Heathfield
1 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Little Bradley Ponds
1 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

On the Wray Valley Trail, 2 miles south from Bovey Tracey. Directly next to the A38 Exeter-Plymouth road.
Bovey Tracey, Exeter
TQ12 6LW gets you close to the nature reserve
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Great for...
stunning views
Best time to visit
Mar - Oct
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Opening Times
All day, every day.
Picnic facilities
33.00 hectares
County Wildlife Site

The Wray Valley Trail provides good access through the nature reserve. Unsurfaced footpaths lead from this into the site. Some sections of these paths are steep.
Walking information
A series of permissive paths and footpaths allow you to explore the nature reserve. The Wray Valley Trail off-road path runs through the site. A pleasant stretch of the River Bovey also flows along one edge.
Dogs under effective control
Grazing animals
Seasonal. Please keep dogs on lead when grazing animals are present.
Reserve manager
Andrew Bakere
Tel: 01392 279244