Nestled within a wooded valley, the Buzzards Estate follows the path of the Little Dart river as it winds its way through picturesque Mid Devon countryside. Gifted to the National Trust in the 1970s, the estate is comprised of four separate woodlands, each with it’s own character and diverse wildlife. Above the valley, the majestic birds from which this estate gets its name can be seen soaring as they search the surrounding fields for prey.
- Crosses – Mature beech, oak and hazel stand high on the slopes, whilst below, patches of water tolerant trees such as willow and alder line the river banks.
- Huntland – This semi-natural ancient woodland is host to a number of impressive mature trees, which in turn provide habitat for bats and woodpeckers. During Spring, the ground flora is particularly spectactular when bluebells and snowdrops carpet the woodland floor.
- Nethercleave Copse – This small hazel coppice with its impressive oak and ash standards is perfect habitat for dormice.
- Thongsleigh – Although one of the younger woodlands within the estate, Thongsleigh is the largest of Buzzards’ woodlands. Glades have been created alongside the main paths in order to improve the structure of the woodland and encourage woodland wildflowers to grow.
Parking / Access:
National Trust car park on site. The woodland is off the beaten track, with bridges, steep hills and unsteady footing, so this is worth bearing in mind if you’re planning a visit. There are two viewpoints that can be found in the car park, so there’s an opportunity to see some of the stunning views.
To get to Buzzards, follow the B3137 from Tiverton to Withleigh. When you enter Withleigh, upon seeing a sign marked ‘parish church’, turn down a small track to the left of this sign. Follow the road until you see the National Trust car park on the right.
Outdoor Walking Viewpoint
- Dog Friendly
- Family Friendly
- Free Entry
- Open All Year