Ludwell Valley Park
Know before you go
Grazing animalsYes, April to October.
Short section of easy access cycle path. Other paths can be steep and muddy in places. Access via kissing gates into public fields (there is some private land within the park).
When to visit
Best time to visitAny time
About the reserve
Ludwell is one of six Exeter Valley Parks managed by Devon Wildlife Trust.
The park is a working farm on the edge of the busy city of Exeter. Many of the fields provide free access to people wishing to enjoy this tranquil setting.
Next to the farmland is Wonford Playing Fields where there is space to kick a ball around, jog with the dog, or take a leisurely stroll beside the Northbrook. The valley is a real wildlife haven. Harvest mice nest in the fields, whitethroats and blackcaps skulk in the hedgerows and orange-tip and painted lady butterflies feed on the wildflowers.
Getting around the park
Access is from Ludwell Lane, Topsham Road, Parkland Drive and Pynes Hill. There is a range of circular walks.
- Bus stops along Topsham Road and Rifford Road
- Car parking at Pynes Hill and on local roads
- A cycle ride or pleasant walk from the Riverside Valley Park
Caring for the park
Ludwell is valuable for the large numbers of farmland birds that live there - birds such as chaffinch, goldfinch, as well as the rarer bullfinch and meadow pipit.
Begin your exploration of all six of Exeter's Valley Parks here.
We are incredibly grateful to Viridor Credits for awarding £48,692 of funding to Ludwell Valley Park. This funding will allow us to create beautiful new wildflower meadows, lay over 1km of hedges for insects and birds, plant fruit trees, and create a wildlife pond!
Our staff will work with volunteers including the well-established 100-member Ludwell Life community group. They will prepare and seed steeper slopes where mechanised meadow creation is impossible; be trained in hedge laying, to maintain the grant-funded hedgerows; plant the orchard trees; and nurture new hedgerow “standards” to replace elms and ash that are lost to disease.