Know before you go
Parking informationLimited roadside parking
No formal paths and the grassland can be wet and difficult to walk across
Wet and rough ground, few defined paths. The Culm grassland can be difficult to walk across.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay to September
About the reserve
Veilstone Moor is a good place to get to know the special wild landscape known as Culm.
Every type of Culm is here. Walk through the reserve and you'll move from dry heathland grasses, past water-filled ditches to damp wildflower-rich meadows and even quaking mires. The latter can mean you feel the earth move beneath your feet as you walk!
Old hedge banks now provide wildlife corridors through which small mammals including stoats, weasels, field voles and wood mice move. In winter fieldfares, mistle thrushes and redwings come to feed on the hedge harvest of hips, sloes and hawthorn berries.
Two blocks of woodland show signs of badgers. Family groups of long-tailed tits forage in the the canopy, while roe deer can be spotted here grazing at the trees' edge where it meets the reserve's fields of Culm grassland.
In summer these fields are dotted with the colours of Culm wildflowers. The yellows of meadow buttercups and bird's foot trefoil feature strongly, while blue is provided by Devil's scabious and purple by early purple orchids.
Veilstone has the air of a wild place and its paths are not always well defined. But if you take a sense of exploration with you there are rewards to be had here. You're unlikely to meet many fellow visitors. This is a quiet corner of Devon, in which your company is the local nature.