Trinity Hill is a substantial area of lowland heath in the east of the district. From the car park a network of footpaths allow easy exploration of this beautiful nature reserve which extends either side of Trinity Hill Rd. To the west, Trinity Hill has breathtaking views across the Axe Valley towards the town of Axminster. The site is being managed to support a wide range of wildlife and to restore a structurally diverse heathland landscape.
During the day, moths lie-up in the heathers waiting for nightfall. The heath supports a vast number of different moths, some with beautiful or odd names such as true lovers knot, peppered moth or the drinker.
Patches of bare, sandy soil warm very quickly in the sun and attract animals that require heat, like common lizards.
Look out for linnets singing from tall shrubs on the heath in the late summer. This bird is doing well here although numbers are falling nationally.
The Countryside team is delighted that, in August 2015, Trinity Hill 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.
Check the East Devon Conservation Volunteers page for details of practical conservation opportunities at Trinity Hill.
Check the Events page for wildlife walks, reptile rambles and other upcoming events at Trinity Hill Local Nature Reserve.
Trinity Hill Local Nature Reserve is about two miles south east of Axminster. Take the A35 from Axminster towards Lyme Regis and just before Raymond's Hill turn right onto Trinity Hill Road. The car park is on your left after about 1km. The site has no postal address; nearest postcode is EX13 5SS.
There is a free car park at Trinity Hill.
All East Devon District Council nature reserves are open free of charge to the public at all times.
Dogs are welcome but please keep them under close control and clean up after them.