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Best bird watching trails in East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Devon, England

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Devon, England
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Top trails (10)
#1 - South West Coast Path: Axmouth to West Bay
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 16.7 mi • Est. 8 h 55 m
This section marks a departure from Devon and into Dorset. The path is either less well maintained in Dorset or the local geology suffers more from erosion, but there are a number of long-standing 'temporary' diversions of the path. If you're an accomplished walker with the right gear and a bit of sense, the diversions are not mandatory. Well worth doing the long Undercliffs Nature Reserve section between Seaton and Lyme Regis as this is very isolated and full of greenery and wild-life almost like no other section on the coast path! Golden Cap is the highest point on the south coast at 191m but its not a patch on Great Hangman on the north coast at 318m so don't get too excited! Show more
#2 - Ottery Saint Mary Woodland Walk
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
A lovely woodland walk at times with with overhanging trees. It is on quiet roads, tracks and some narrow footpaths. Only two places found to be muddy and these were easy to avoid. There is a long slow descent followed by a steeper ascent.Show more
#3 - Castle Plantation Circular Walk
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 6 h 6 m
#4 - Branscombe Undercliff Circular
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 50 m
#5 - Branscombe to Beer Coastal Trail
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
#6 - Beer to Branscombe Beach
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
#7 - Branscome to Beer
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
A nice coastal walk from Branscome to Beer. For the route going the opposite direction: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/england/devon/beer-to-branscombe-beachShow more
#8 - Woodbury to Budleigh Salteron Loop
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 14.2 mi • Est. 6 h 38 m
Starting at Woodbury Castle this route will take you over Budleigh Common towards East Budleigh then towards Budleigh Salteron and back up along the River Otter. You will pass Otterton into Colaton Raleigh and back up to Woodbury Common finishing back at Woodbury Castle. Show more
#9 - Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth and Fire Beacon Hill
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 5 h 7 m
Fire Beacon Hill is a local nature reserve and a lowland heath with a sensational panoramic view of the surrounding countryside and coast. This site had one of the beacons used to inform Elizabethan London of potential approaching Spanish Armada. At that time the entire East Hill escarpment would have been covered in lowland heath vegetation, similar to what is still found here. Unfortunately, forestry plantation and agricultural expansion has resulted in most of the heath disappearing, making this habitat increasingly uncommon. This area is fantastic for bird watching with Yellowhammers breeding on the local nature reserve, as does the rare Dartford Warbler. Look out for them skulking amongst the low growing bushes. A good tip to help spot ‘Dartfords’ is to look out for the more conspicuous Stonechat birds, who sit in plain view on trees and shrubs and make a distinctive call, similar to two stones being hit together. Once located, look in the bushes beneath the Stonechat and you may see a Dartford Warbler, using the Stonechat above as a sentry keeping watch. As well as birds, other wildlife in this area include Grayling Butterflies which breed on the nature reserve and are often disturbed into flight while sunbathing on the paths. Lastly, a few Exmoor ponies and Belted Galloway cattle are grazed in a fenced area of the site as part of the management plan.Show more
#10 - Sidmouth and Salcombe Regis Circular
East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 9 m
This is a splendid walk with some challenging spots here and there. Along the walk, spot the remains of the "Napoli", a ship that ran into ground with severe consequences.Show more