Please note, the Halsdon bird hide is closed until further notice due to storm damage.
Know before you go
Parking informationTwo small car parks at its Ashwell and Quarry entrances.
4 way marked trails, allow 1.5 hours for the longest.
1km level track leads to the river. Most of the woodland paths are steep in parts and unsurfaced.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
This is many people’s favourite Devon Wildlife Trust nature reserve and it’s easy to see why!
How to get to Halsdon
Take our video tour here
Watch this short film guide to Halsdon in the company of wildlife expert and TV presenter Mike Dilger.
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.
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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