Mill Bottom, path through bluebells

Mill Bottom. Photo, Simon Williams

Mill Bottom

A short woodland walk in a classic Devon village. The old railway embankment now leads visitors through the reserve.


In Lustleigh village, on the east side of Dartmoor
Nr Bovey Tracey

OS Map Reference

Prior permission from Devon Wildlife Trust is required for access.
A static map of Mill Bottom

Know before you go

2 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

This nature reserve can only be visited with prior permission from Devon Wildlife Trust. Contact us for a permit.

Watch out for slippery boulders and the fast flowing stream that floods in winter allow 30 minutes to explore this site.


Contact Devon Wildlife Trust for access details and permission.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Prior permission required for access.

Best time to visit

January for snowdrops, April - June for orchids, bluebells & woodland birds

About the reserve

Mill Bottom has a closed-in feel; ancient granite boulders hide amongst the trees and the rocks' cracks create the perfect spot  for local bats to hang out in.

This nature reserve offers a chance to explore a secretive woodland on the edge of Dartmoor. Access is across a neighbouring property. Prior access permission from Devon Wildlife Trust must be sought.

Contact us

Devon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01392 279244

Location map

Otter in the grasses next to the river


Once inside the reserve you'll be walking beneath a dense canopy of ash, hazel, holly, hawthorn and spindle. More than 100 kinds of flowering plant have been recorded here. Snowdrops and bluebells are part of this long list.  

Making tracks with badgers and foxes

The Wray Brook runs along one side of the reserve. Otters often use this section to search for food, as do herons. Inside the woodland there are lots of badger tracks. This is also a good place to see foxes.

Going further from Mill Bottom

The nature reserve sits at the centre of Lustleigh, a classic Devon village on the edges of Dartmoor. A pub and shop make it a great base to discover the area. A good network of paths make for excellent walking.

The Wray Valley Trail passes close to Mill Bottom nature reserve, providing cyclists, walkers and horseriders a link to Devon Wildlife Trust's Bovey Heathfield and Teigngrace Meadow nature reserves.  

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