This wet and wild nature reserve provides rich rewards for visitors prepared to take their time and who don't mind a bit of mud!


Access to this Devon Wildlife Trust managed nature reserve/site

We recognise access to nature is hugely important to wellbeing, but at this difficult time, we need to have the health of our staff and the community at the forefront of our mind - including neighbours to our nature reserves. Nature reserve car parks are therefore temporarily closed, and we are asking people not to drive/travel to our sites. For those who live locally and may be accessing sites for the purposes of their daily exercise, we ask that everyone observe government restrictions on outdoor access and ensure guidelines on social distancing are always followed.

Please be aware that key staff will be accessing this site for regular livestock and health and safety checks.

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2.5 miles north of Hemyock. Follow Station Road from Hemyock, then Coombe Hill. Park your car on the main road and access the track by foot only.
Nr Hemyock
EX15 3XA gets you close

OS Map Reference

ST 147 159
A static map of Ashculm Turbary

Know before you go

7 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Limited roadside parking

Grazing animals

Yes, at certain times of year

Walking trails

A walk around this reserve will take about 45 minutes


The terrain wet and boggy in places, visitors are advised to wear wellies or boots. 


Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to September

About the reserve

A series of freshwater springs feeds this reserve. Its wet-peatland was once common here in the Blackdown Hills but is now very rare.

The permanently wet soils mean a host of peat-loving plants still thrive here. Ashculm Turbary is also home to good numbers of dragonflies and birds.

Contact us

Devon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01392 279244

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map

Yellow flowers of bog asphodel in grassland

Bog asphodel. Photo, Mike Symes

Taking your time

Narrow and uneven paths lead you through heather and purple moor grass. The reserve's plant life may seem pretty uniform, but take the time to look and you'll also see a host of wet-loving species including oblong-leaved sundew, pale butterwort and bog asphodel.

Harvest mice find a home in tall grass stems - look for their distinctive, spherical nests about the size of a satsuma. At dusk barn owls hunt these mice and other small mammals.

Ashculm Turbary has a healthy population of dragonflies. Look for golden-ringed and emperor dragonflies among many others from late spring through to early autumn.

Move with stealth and care and you could be rewarded with the sight of an adder, grass snake or slow worm, while common frogs, toads and smooth newts can also be seen.  

Combine your exploration of Ashculm Turbary with visits to our other Blackdown Hills nature reserves, Clayhidon Turbary and Lickham Common.

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