Venn Ottery Common is a small area of heath land managed as a nature reserve by the RSPB and Devon Wildlife Trust. There is little access and only space for one or 2 cars to park at the main access point, though you can reach it on foot from nearby West Hill.
To find the main gateway, turn off the main Sidmouth to Exeter Road at The Halfway Inn and then take a right turn towards Venn Ottery, as the road forks take the left lane towards Venn Ottery and shortly after park in the parking area on your left (grid reference SY 066916). There is a small RSPB sign on the gate to confirm you are in the right place.
As the area is small it would be hard to get lost, so you can explore the paths freely and know that generally, to find your way back you need to head uphill! There is a perimeter path on your right as you enter the gate and it is a good way to see all of the reserve to follow it as it heads downhill.
There is a wooded area in this bottom corner, with dens and pine cones and lots of bluebells in spring. A bridleway runs along the bottom of the reserve here with stunning views across open farmland.
At the bottom of the reserve there is a small stream and the footpath leading to the lower parts of West Hill across a bridge. To stay in the reserve you can go straight ahead into the area managed by Dwt, or head uphill across heathland to look out over the amazing views of the East Devon countryside.
There is a bench at a viewpoint on the main track running through the centre of the reserve, providing a great snack and drink spot before you head back to the car.