Please note, the Halsdon bird hide is closed until further notice due to storm damage.

A top wildlife spot, with exceptional walks through woodland and alongside a classic Devon river. Feeling lucky? Otters are often seen at Halsdon!

Location

North west Devon, near the village of Dolton
Nr Great Torrington
Devon
EX19 8ND

OS Map Reference

SS 553 131
A static map of Halsdon

Know before you go

Size
57 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Two small car parks at its Ashwell and Quarry entrances.

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

4 way marked trails, allow 1.5 hours for the longest.

Access

1km level track leads to the river. Most of the woodland paths are steep in parts and unsurfaced.

Dogs

Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

This is many people’s favourite Devon Wildlife Trust nature reserve and it’s easy to see why!  

Contact us

Devon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01392 279244

Environmental designation

Special Site of Scientific Interest

Location map

Take our video tour here

Watch this short film guide to Halsdon in the company of wildlife expert and TV presenter Mike Dilger.    

 

Otter in the river

Otter. Photo, Matt Whorlow

Wander through trees to the river

Waymarked walks weave down through woodland leading you to the banks and water meadows of the River Torridge. Along the way the sounds of birdsong give way to the rush of the river.

In summer the Torridge is the place to see sand martins and kingfishers. In winter look for ducks including goosanders as they dive beneath the water’s surface to catch fish. All year round you have a chance of seeing otters – a riverside wildlife hide is the place to go and try your luck.

In autumn and winter search for fungi on the woodland floor and the branches of trees. Above your head listen for the calls of long-tailed tits and tawny owls, while great spotted woodpeckers hammer out their territorial signals.

Autumn trees at Halsdon

Halsdon. Photo, Kevin New

Picture perfect

Halsdon has miles of well-marked trails to discover. If you want to take a step further download a copy of our Ravilious Trail leaflet, named after the notable photographer James Ravillious who documented local people and places from the 1970s to the 1990s. This easy walking trail will take you to the scenes of some of his most famous images.

Explore on foot

You can use Halsdon as a base from which to explore this fascinating part of Devon. Use our Halsdon Wild Walk as your guide.

Halsdon nature reserve leaflet

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