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.


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

Know before you go

Entry fee


Grazing animals

Yes, 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). 


Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times


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.


NOTICE: If you are visiting our reserves, please note that there have been instances of H5N1 Avian bird flu found in birds in Devon. There is very low risk to public health but we do ask that if you come across any unusual or unexplained bird deaths on or near our reserves please do not touch them. Call Defra on 03459 33 55 77 and report your findings. Please also report your findings to DWT by email at

Contact us

Contact number: 01392 279244

Click here to watch an introduction to Ludwell Valley Park

Site Improvements

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.

Viridor Credits