Wild walks

Wild walks

Boardwalk at Bystock. Photo, Simon Williams

Where will your next wild walk take you?

Experience the wild Atlantic coast or a quarry reclaimed by nature

Explore estuaries, or the tors of Dartmoor

Each of our Wild Walks takes in a DWT nature reserve and the countryside around it.

DWT’s Wild Walks are suitable for a range of abilities. Walks range in length from 4 to 8 miles, using footpaths, bridleways and minor roads.

    Bystock wild walk

    Starts: 2 miles north of Exmouth

    Length: 6 miles


    • Dragonflies, butterflies and woodland birds of DWT
      Bystock Pools nature reserve
    • Heather and heathland birds on the East Devon
      Pebbled Heaths
    • Historic village of East Budleigh. 
    Lily pads on Bystock pools

    Photo, Dave Chamberlain


    Take a tour of Bystock Pools in our new film made with the help of Tesco Bags of Help.

    Dunsdon wild walk

    Starts: 3 miles north of Holsworthy

    Length: 4 miles


    Walking through the meadow at Dunsdon nature reserve

    Photo, Dave Chamberlain

    Bovey Basin wild walk

    Starts: 2 miles east of Bovey Tracey

    Length: 4.5 miles


    Reeds growing in the Bovey basin at Bovey nature reserve

    Photo, Simon Williams 

    River Exe wild walk

    Starts: Exeter Quay

    Length: 6 miles


    Path through DWT Old Sludge Beds nature reserve

    Dunsford wild walk

    A Dartmoor classic

    This Wild Walk includes one of Devon's most beautiful woodlands, riverbank footpaths along the Teign Valley and open moorland with panoramic views.

    Approx time: 3.5 hours

    Approx distance: 7.5 miles

    Start: Steps Bridge car park, near DWT Dunsford nature reserve.


    Daffodils growing at Dunsford nature reserve

    Daffodils at Dunsford

    Halsdon wild walk

    A Torridge and Tarka Trail trek

    This Wild Walk includes one of DWT's most popular nature reserves, walking through Halsdon's oak woodland and along the River Torridge. The walk also takes in Beaford Wood, the landscaped parkland of the Heanton Satchville estate, a section of the Tarka Trail and two crossings over the Torridge.

    Approx time: 4.5 hours

    Approx distance: 8 miles

    Start: Ashwell car park, DWT Halsdon nature reserve.

    Sun shining through the woods at Halsdon

    Halsdon. Photo, Kevin New

    South Efford Marsh wild walk

    Birds of the Avon Valley

    DWT South Efford Marsh is one of the South Hams' premier birdwatching sites. This Wild Walk takes in the nature reserve and its bird hide, then four miles of the Avon valley's fine views, woodlands, undulating bridleways and meandering streams.

    Approx time: 3.5 hours (including time spent wildlife-watching on the reserve)

    Approx distance: 4 miles

    Start: Timbers car park, next to A379 roundabout at Aveton Gifford 

    Boat at South Efford Marsh

    South Efford Marsh. Photo, Steve Hussey

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