Holyford Woods

This hidden gem is managed by Wild East Devon, and needs a bit of local knowledge to find!

Free parking is available at Seaton Tower parking area (turn right off the A3052, pass the petrol station on your left and then the parking area is on the right).

You then have to walk along the verge back to the main road and cross. This is a busy road and if you have children or dogs it can feel a big hairy getting everyone safely across.

From this point on however, the walk is traffic – and often – people free. You cross the fields, following the footpath sign to an entrance gate and info board at the edge of the reserve.

This board outlines the waymarked trails you can take through the woods and details some of the wildlife and features you may see.

The paths are clear but rough underfoot and there are steps and steep inclines, so this is not suitable for pushchair or wheelchairs.

The woods are incredibly peaceful and brim ful of wildlife. Every visit will see you listening to an orchestra of birdsong and spotting insects and butterflies as you go round.

In spring the woods are filled with bluebells and annual bluebell activity days are held here by Wild East Devon.

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