Aylesbeare Common

This amazing spot is managed by the RSPB as a nature reserve. Access and parking are free. The main car park is at Joney’s Cross – a right hand turn after you pass the Half Way Inn on the left.

After parking at Joney’s Cross, enter the reserve by the information board and cattle grid onto a surfaced track. Here you can find information on the different routes available around the Common.

In addition to these loop waks, public footpaths run across the common and link to The East Devon Way as well as local villages.

There are multiple tracks you can follow but lots are rocky and uneven and would be hard work with a pushchair or wheelchair.

As you might expect on a nature reserve, there is wildlife to spot everywhere! There are a huge number of birds, butterflies and insects as well as grazing ponies.

There is also a network of ponds and streams with loads of critters to spot.

There are wooded area with dens and fallen logs to climb, as well as open common with incredible views.

Close to the public footpath leading to the Half Way Inn there is a replica round house constructed in a clearing which is great to find and see.

The common is great to visit year round and at any time of day, but sunset affords some really amazing views!

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