Know before you go
Grazing animalsYes, at certain times of year
There are several routes around the reserves. Allow 1.5 hours to explore.
There are several routes around the reserves. These are not suitable for wheelchair users
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
This is one of the best remaining examples of the heathland landscape which once dominated this part of Devon.
How to get to Bovey Heathfield
A place with magic
Early summer brings a long-distance migrant. On still, warm evenings the magical bird the nightjar can be heard and seen at Bovey Heathfield. Its curious calls are one of the wonders of nature, an experience not to be missed.
Nor should you miss out on the the reserve's late summer show of colour. Pinks and purples of three types of heather contrast with the butter yellow of surrounding gorse bushes.
Relax and take your time
This was once a landscape which was scarred and rutted by illegal off-road cars and motorbikes. Now it's a tranquil place to go. Relax against a backdrop of Dartmoor in the distance.
If you like heathland you can also combine a visit to this nature reserve with one to nearby Chudleigh Knighton Heath - just 10 minutes away by road. These two reserves plus nearby Little Bradley Ponds make up our 4.5 mile Bovey Basin Wild Walk.
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