Wild walks

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Enjoy Devon’s beautiful landscapes and wildlife sites with a Devon Wildlife Trust walk.

Each of our Wild Walks takes in a DWT nature reserve and the countryside around it. Explore estuaries, or the tors of Dartmoor. 

Experience the wild Atlantic coast or a quarry that has been reclaimed by nature. Where will your next wild walk take you?

DWT’s Wild Walks are suitable for a range of abilities. Walks range in length from 4 to 8 miles, using footpaths, bridleways and minor roads.

Each Wild Walk is available as a PDF to download or print out.

Bystock Wild Walk

Bystock Nature ReserveStarts: 2 miles north of Exmouth

Length: 6 miles


  • Dragonflies, butterflies and woodland birds of DWT
    Bystock Pools nature reserve
  • Heather and heathland birds on the East Devon
    Pebbled Heaths
  • Historic village of East Budleigh. 

Click here for the Bystock Wild Walk guide.


Dunsdon Wild Walk

Dunsford National Nature ReserveStarts: 3 miles north of Holsworthy

Length: 4 miles


  • Orchids and butterflies of DWT Dunsdon nature reserve
  • Walk along the historic Bude Canal
  • Wildflowers and ponds of DWT Vealand Farm nature reserve 

Click here for the Dunsdon Wild Walk guide


Bovey Basin Wild Walk

Bovey Basin heathfieldsStarts: 2 miles east of Bovey Tracey

Length: 4.5 miles


  • Heather and heathland birds at DWT Bovey Heathfield nature reserve
  • Dragonflies and peaceful ponds at DWT Little Bradley Ponds nature reserve
  • Butterflies and heathland birds at DWT Chudleigh Knighton Heath nature reserve 

Click here for the Bovey Basin Wild Walk guide


River Exe Wild Walk

River Exe Sludge BedsStarts: Exeter Quay

Length: 6 miles


  • Water birds on the River Exe and Exeter Ship Canal
  • Open spaces of Riverside Valley Park
  • Dragonflies and warblers at DWT Old Sludge Beds nature reserve

Click here for the River Exe Wild Walk guide


Halsdon Wild Walk

Halsdon Forest by Kevin NewStarts: 3 miles west of Winkleigh

Length: 8 miles


  • Kingfishers, woodland birds and bluebells at DWT Halsdon nature reserve
  • See location of some of James Ravilious’ photographs of Halsdon and the river Torridge
  • Riverside woodland walk through Beaford Wood
  • Follow the Tarka Trail back to Halsdon

Halsdon Wild Walk guide coming soon.


Lady’s Wood Wild Walk

Lady's Wood BluebellsStarts: 3 miles east of Ivybridge

Length: 4.5 miles


  • Bluebells and wild garlic at DWT Lady’s Wood nature reserve
  • Moorland birds and panoramic views from Ugborough Beacon
  • Walking green lanes, past hedge banks and the Glaze Brook

Lady's Wood Wild Walk guide coming soon.


South Efford Marsh Wild Walk

South Efford Marsh nature reserveStarts: 4 miles east of Modbury

Length: 3.5 miles


  • See wetland birds from the hide at DWT South Efford Marsh nature reserve
  • Great views of the tidal River Avon from higher ground
  • Flower-rich fields and woodlands on land managed with advice from DWT’s Avon Valley Project

South Efford Marsh Wild Walk guide coming soon.


Marsland Wild Walk

Marsland nature reserveStarts: 9 miles south of Hartland

Length: 5 miles


  • Spectacular section of the South West Coast Path with views to Lundy
  • Large numbers of butterflies including rare species at DWT Marsland nature reserve
  • Woodland walks through the Marsland Valley on the DWT reserve

Marsland Wild Walk guide coming soon.


Dunsford Wild Walk

Dunsford nature reserve woodlandStarts: 5 miles east of Moretonhampstead

Length: 7 miles


  • Wild daffodils, bluebells, woodland birds, and kingfishers at DWT Dunsford nature reserve
  • Spectacular views from north east Dartmoor
  • Riverside walk on the Teign from Fingle Bridge back to Dunsford 

Dunsford Wild Walk guide coming soon.


Meeth Quarry Wild Walk

Meeth Quarry by Kevin NewStarts: 2 miles north of Hatherleigh

Length: 3 miles


  • Butterflies, orchids, ponds and lakes of DWT Meeth Quarry nature reserve
  • Woodland walk on the Tarka Trail
  • Dragonflies and birds of prey at DWT Ash Moor nature reserve

Meeth Quarry Wild Walk guide coming soon.


Emsworthy Wild Walk

Emsworthy Mire nature reserve bluebellsStarts: 1 mile west of Hay Tor

Length: 4 miles


  • Butterflies, dragonflies, cuckoos and wetland plants at DWT Emsworthy Mire nature reserve
  • Carpet of bluebells at DWT Emsworthy nature reserve and at Holwell Lawn
  • Views of iconic Dartmoor landscape including Hay Tor and Hound Tor

Emsworthy Wild Walk guide coming soon.


Andrew’s Wood Wild Walk

Andrew's Wood wild ponies by Simon WilliamsStarts: 2 miles north of Loddiswell

Length: 5 miles


  • Wildflowers, woodland birds, badger tracks and ancient hedgebanks at DWT Andrew’s Wood nature reserve
  • Woodland walks through the Avon Valley

Andrew's Wood Wild Walk guide coming soon.