Join us on Sunday 6th December for our Pi Singles Otter Valley Wildlife Walk
We will meet at Otterton Mill. We would normally walk down to Budleigh, but we are changing the route.
You get the best of both worlds with this walk in East Devon. There are fantastic views along the River Otter estuary – with lots of birdlife to see – and part of the walk also takes in a section of the East Devon coast which has been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.
After around half-an-hour walking along the river, with open fields to your right, you reach a road. Turn left here and go over the bridge, so that you are now on the left bank of the widening estuary.
If you follow the sign posts around the reserve, with open fields now on your left, you will see a bird hide half-way up the hill overlooking the estuary. From here, you can spy on all the goings-on down on the river. During this walk, there were literally hundreds and hundreds of birds enjoying a swim.
Many of the birds come here to get away from colder winter climes, and to enjoy all the food on offer on the estuary. Among them are wildfowl and waders, redshank, greenshank, dunlin, common sandpiper, ringed plover, grey plover, curlew and snipe. To name but a few.
Having had a little rest in the bird hide, the walk then continues to the mouth of the River Otter, where you can look across to the seaside town of Budleigh Salterton.
This is where you join up with the South West Coast Path eastwards – and upwards! There is a climb, a drop and another ascent along this stretch of the coast, which is part of the newly-named World Heritage Site.
The prehistoric cliffs are a dramatic sight, and on a clear day you can see High Peak and Sidmouth in the distance. This was not a clear day, however it takes around an hour or so to walk from the road bridge at the Nature Reserve, to a footpath sign, which sends you inland and back to Otterton.
After the hilly coastal section, the rest of the walk is nice and easy.
The path, which can be muddy in places, disects typical Devon farmland – all red soil and rolling hills.
In all, the walk takes between two and three hours, depending on how long you decide to linger to take in the views. The going is moderate – but make sure you’ve got appropriate footwear, as it can be muddy in places during wet weather.
Please bring a flask and a cake to have en-route just in case the cafe isn’t open.
This is a ticket only event.
Refund/Cancellation Policy – Due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, we have the right to cancel the event and will refund in full with a minimum of 24 hours notice.
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