Holyford Woods is a beautiful woodland, nestled in a picturesque valley near Seaton. The site is managed by the Countryside team in partnership with the Holyford Woodland Trust, who helped to raise funds to buy the site in 2001.

Oak, ash and hazel abound at Holyford Woods where birds nest in tree holes, bats roost in handy crevices and tangled roots can provide nest sites for weasels and wood mice. A goyle, or sunken stream runs through the heart of the woodland, feeding the Stafford Brook which runs into the Axe Estuary at the nearby Colyford Common Local Nature Reserve.

The site offers great walking throughout the year with various routes available using the public and permissive footpaths around the site.

Location

© Crown copyright and database rights 2016 100023746

Map legend

Reserve boundaries
Reserve boundaries
Public Bridleway
Public Bridleway
Byway
Byway
Public Footpath
Public Footpath
Permissive Footpath
Permissive Footpath
 Nature Reserve Car Parks
Nature Reserve Car Parks
Information
Information
Bird Hides
Bird Hides
Entrances
Entrances

Park at the Seaton Down picnic site opposite Seaton Tower garage, on Seaton Down Hill Road. Walk back to the A3052 and carefully cross the road, taking the footpath signed Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve. Walk down the field to the entrance gate into the woods.

Directions

Get directions to Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve nature reserve with Google Maps.

Parking

Parking is available at the picnic site at the top of Seaton Down Hill Road.

Plan your route with the Holyford Woods map.

Best time to visit

In spring the heady scent of wild garlic hangs in the air; a liberal sprinkling of delicate white wood anemones in early spring is followed by carpets of bluebells in late April/early May.

Opening times

All East Devon District Council nature reserves are open free of charge to the public at all times.

Walking information

There is a steep footpath down to the woods from the A3052, and some steep paths within the woods. These may be muddy after rain, so stout boots or wellies are recommended.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome in the woods - please keep them under close control and clean up after them.