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Ashculm Turbary

This wet and wild nature reserve provides rich rewards for visitors prepared to take their time and who don't mind a bit of mud!

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  • Dog Friendly
  • Free Entry
  • Open All Year

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  • Outdoor
  • Place of Interest
  • Walking
  • Nature and Wildlife

Bishopswood Meadows

Bishopswood Meadows is a Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserve on the site of a 19th-century lime quarry. Lime-rich grassland, marshy meadows and the River Yarty mean that this site attracts an interesting range of species.

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  • Dog Friendly
  • Free Entry

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  • Outdoor
  • Place of Interest
  • Nature and Wildlife

Blackborough Wood

Blackborough is a Woodland Welcome Wood. A large forestry woodland with some ancient beech boundaries on the top of Blackborough Hill, with many paths to explore and lots of room to lose yourself - in more ways than one! Can you find your way to the ruined tower?
(Image courtesy of Martin Bodman / Kentisbeare: Forestry Commission, Blackborough / CC BY-SA 2.0)

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  • Outdoor
  • Place of Interest
  • Walking

Blackdown and Sampford Commons

Blackdown and Sampford Commons is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest covering a large area (155 hectares) in the north west of the Blackdown Hills AONB. They contain a range of habitats including a large area of dry heath, carr woodland, springline mire and marshy grassland. The area is particularly stunning in the late summer when the heather is in bloom.

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  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Free Entry
  • Viewpoint

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  • Outdoor
  • Place of Interest
  • Walking
  • Viewpoint
  • Nature and Wildlife

Brimley Hill Mire

A mire is an area of swampy or boggy ground; Brimley Hill is a delightful spring-line mire site hidden away on the Blackdown Hills surrounded by woodland.

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  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Free Entry

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  • Outdoor
  • Place of Interest
  • Walking

Buzzards Woodland

This tranquil woodland in the Dart Valley is off the beaten track and well worth exploring. Otters, dormice and rarer bat species are known to be living here, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a sighting of one of these fantastic creatures.

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  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Free Entry
  • Open All Year
  • Parking
  • Viewpoint

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  • Outdoor
  • Walking
  • Viewpoint

Byway Farm

A collection of newly planted and ancient woodlands which have won awards for conservation and wild flowers. Owned by the Greenslade family and managed by Tanglewood this site is good to visit.

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  • Outdoor
  • Place of Interest
  • Walking

Cullompton Community Association Fields (CCA)

The 32 acres of open fields are a perfect spot for dog walking, picnics, wildlife or fairy spotting in Jubilee woods. Within the beautiful countryside there is a fenced play area and path which follows the river Culm. The fields are home to many outside events including classic car shows, dog shows, festivals and fairs […]

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  • Outdoor
  • Place of Interest
  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Activity & Adventure

Devon Badger Watch

A rare opportunity to watch wild badgers as they about their nightly lives. From the very edge of their natural sett, observe these fascinating animals at eye level from the seated comfort of our purpose-built hide. Special photography evenings also available. The hide can also be booked for exclusive use, please telephone for details.
(No photography allowed during a normal watch).

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  • Address Just 5 miles north of Tiverton, Devon
  • Website linkwww.devonbadgerwatch.co.uk
  • Phone number 01398 351506
  • Email info@devonbadgerwatch.co.uk 

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  • Family Friendly

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  • Nature and Wildlife

Eggesford Forest

Eggesford Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, is an ideal centre for short walks, fishing and mountain-biking.  The circular walk is dog-friendly and offers unspoilt beauty and charm with a stream and plenty of wildlife and unusual wildflowers as well as an ancient Motte and Bailey castle. The forest consists of a network of trails […]

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  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Free Entry
  • Leisure Facilities
  • Open All Year
  • Parking
  • Toilets

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  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Activity & Adventure

Grand Western Canal Country Park

The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve meanders for 11¼ miles through beautiful countryside and quiet villages between Tiverton and the hamlet of Lowdwells (near the Somerset border).

The Canal is perhaps best known for its horse-drawn barge, Tivertonian. Visitors have been enjoying the tranquillity of its leisurely cruises for more than 40 years. Trips depart from the Canal Basin in Tiverton, where you will also find cafes, boat hire and a visitor centre.

The Canal’s fascinating heritage covers more than 200 years and many of its original structures and features still survive.  It is home to some special wildlife and is a perfect place to explore on foot, by bike, by wheelchair / mobility buggy, or to go boating, canoeing or fishing. Loved by visitors and locals, the canal provides a great day out at any time of the year.

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  • Price Free entry. Permits required for boating and fishing, Pay and display in Canal Basin car park: £2 for 2 hours / £3.50 all day.
  • Address Grand Western Canal Country Park, The Moorings, Canal Hill, Tiverton, Devon. EX16 4HX
  • Website linkwww.devon.gov.uk/grandwesterncanal
  • Phone number 01884 254072
  • Email gwcanal@devon.gov.uk

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  • Accessible/Wheelchair Friendly
  • Bar
  • Café / Restaurant On Site
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Free Entry
  • Games / Play Area
  • Leisure Facilities
  • Open All Year
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Viewpoint

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  • Parks and Play Areas
  • Outdoor
  • Water Sports
  • Fishing
  • Cycling
  • Walking
  • Mooring
  • Get Outdoors
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  • Nature and Wildlife
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  • Heritage & Culture

Hackpen Hill

Hackpen Hill is a county wildlife site in Uffculme parish crossing into Culmstock and Hemyock parishes. The designated area is the steeply-sloping crescent of woodland and heath around Hackpen Hill, with areas of bracken, bluebells, scrub, wet woodland and small areas of heath. The semi-natural woodland and plantation includes oak, hazel, ash, sweet chestnut and […]

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  • Free Entry
  • Viewpoint

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  • Outdoor
  • Walking
  • Viewpoint

Winsford Hill

Winsford Hill is a heath-covered common with three Bronze Age Wambarrows and good views to Dunkery, Dartmoor and the Blackdown Hills. 

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  • Viewpoint

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  • Historic Monument
  • Outdoor
  • Place of Interest
  • Viewpoint
  • Nature and Wildlife

Fursdon Historic House and Holiday Cottage

Fursdon is one of Devon’s oldest family homes where the Fursdon family has lived for more than 755 years. This fascinating house has evolved from a modest cob dwelling to the elegant Georgian manor house you see today and is surrounded by stunning country views.

Join a guided tour of the house and museum followed by a leisurely stroll around four acres of sensitively restored gardens and grounds. The peaceful Coach Hall tea-room serves delicious homemade cream teas and cake with views down the valley. Dogs are welcome in the gardens and tea-room and there is an outdoor play area for children.

A charming holiday cottage is also available, and a number of special open days and events run throughout the year. Recently Oliver and Emily Fursdon and their two children took over as the 24th generation of custodians at Fursdon. They warmly welcome visitors to their home.

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  • Price House & Garden adult £9.00/children free Garden only - £4.50/children free Garden season ticket - £10
  • Address Fursdon, Cadbury, Exeter, Devon, EX5 5JS
  • Opening times Garden and Coach Hall Tea Rooms are open on Bank Holidays and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from Easter Monday to end of September from 2pm-5pm. The House is open (guided tours) on Bank Holidays and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in June, July and August. Tours are at 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
  • Website linkwww.fursdon.co.uk
  • Phone number 01392 860860
  • Email admin@fursdon.co.uk

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  • Accessible/Wheelchair Friendly
  • Café / Restaurant On Site
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Games / Play Area
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Viewpoint

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  • Walking
  • Explore Mid Devon
  • Heritage & Culture
  • Houses and Gardens