Path and hedgerow at Halwill Junction

Halwill Junction. Photo, David Chamberlain

A nature reserve with a very different past. Once this was a bustling railway junction.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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.

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Location

Beeching Close Off Chilla Road Halwill Junction

between Okehampton and Holsworthy
Devon
EX21 5XY

OS Map Reference

SS 443 003
A static map of Halwill Junction

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

Cycle trail leads to Cookworthy Forest. Wooded branch leads to a dead end. Allow 30 minutes to explore this site.

Access

Cycle track suitable for wheelchairs.

Dogs

Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

The life of Halwill Junction changed when Dr Beeching decided, with a stroke of his red pen, to close the branch lines of North Devon. The last trains ran to the station here in the late 1960s - from that point on the bustle of steam engines was replaced by the buzz of wildlife.

Contact us

Devon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01392 279244

Location map

View from Halwill Junction over fields

Halwill Junction. Photo, Simon Williams

Halwill Junction became a Devon Wildlife Trust nature reserve in 1990. It's small, but its 2.5 hectares follow the course of old platforms and railway lines. Today a cycle/easy path makes this one of our more accessible reserves. The path also links the site into the nearby Cookworthy Forest.

Woodland edge

On your visit you'll see goat willow, ferns and broadleaved helleborines on the edges of the former railway line edges. Birds include the green woodpecker and in the spring/summer warblers.

Halwill Junction is also a good place to see butterflies including wood whites. Look along the edges of the cycle way for this slow flying species.

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