Beacon Heath is named after a real heathland, an amazing open space to the North West of Exeter that affords incredible views over the Exe estuary and across the city, whilst only being mere minutes from busy roads and public transport.
There are many ways to access these fields, including via the nearby Mincinglake Valley Park. There is a bridleway signposted from near the bottom of Pinwood Lane and free on road parking is available nearby, or there is a bus stop close to St James’ School.
We started our walk higher up Pinwood Lane, on Spruce Close where there is a path into Pinwood Meadow that leads via a stile into the fields beyond.
This area is an absolute haven for wildlife and we couldn’t count the number of butterflies that we saw (and failed to photograph!) and the long meadow grasses and hedgerows are clearly home to many insects and birds.
As you climb higher through the fields you can explore by established paths, all of which can be wound into a circuit. The views of the city below and the hills and sea beyond are magnificent and worth continuing upwards for.
There are no public facilities nearby but its a fab spot to take a blanket and enjoy a picnic.