Cherry trees at Ludwell Valley Park

Photo, Matt Austin 

Ludwell Valley Park

Leave the city centre to explore the fields, cherry orchards and wooded lanes of Ludwell Valley Park. Follow trails along the Northbrook stream or climb to the top of Pynes Hill for stunning views over Exeter.

Location

Ludwell Valley Park, Exeter EX2 6DQ
A static map of Ludwell Valley Park

Know before you go

Entry fee

Free

Grazing animals

Yes, April to October.

Access

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). 

Dogs

Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Always

Best time to visit

Any 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. 

Getting there

  • 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.

Contact us

Contact number: 01392 279244