Knapp Copse lies across both sides of a steep valley within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and has a true sense of wilderness. There is a rich mosaic of habitats that result in a very attractive landscape once typical of this part of Devon. It includes ancient woodland, species-rich grassland, springline mire and a network of hedgerows to offer a home to a wealth of wildlife.
There are a number of attractive walking routes through and around the nature reserve, including the East Devon Way. This long-distance trail runs from Exmouth to Lyme Regis and links with the South West Coast Path at both ends. Two permissive paths through the site link with the East Devon Way, providing a selection of circular walks.
Mature woodland, grazed meadow and springline mire are the predominant features of this site.
The Countryside team is delighted that, in August 2015, Knapp Copse Local Nature Reserve car park has been awarded Dark Skies Discovery Site status. This means that it is a great place to go for stargazing because it is away from the worst of any local light pollution, it provide good sightlines of the sky and it has good public access.
Knapp Copse is owned by Devon County Council and managed by our countryside team.
To access Knapp Copse from Honiton, take the A375 towards Sidmouth. When you arrive at a cross-roads with the Hare and Hounds public house on your right, turn left. Continue along this road for about 1km (two thirds of a mile) and Knapp Copse is on the right. An entrance sign for the reserve faces the road. There is a small car park which is entered through a height barrier. From Sidmouth, take the A375 towards Honiton, turn right at the Hare and Hounds and Knapp Copse is on your right. If arriving from Ottery St Mary head towards the Hare and Hounds. Go straight ahead at the cross-roads and Knapp Copse is on the right.
There is a free car park at Knapp Copse.
Plan your route with the Knapp Copse map.
There are a number of attractive walking routes through and around the LNR, including the East Devon Way. This long-distance trail runs from Exmouth to Lyme Regis and links with the South West Coast Path at both ends. Two permissive paths through the site link with the East Devon Way, providing a selection of circular walks. Some paths are steep and can be very muddy after rain so we recommend wearing wellies or sturdy walking boots.