Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve

Seaton, Devon, (NEAREST POSTCODE) EX12 2TF
Family in Holyford Woods - DD


Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve is a beautiful woodland, nestled in a picturesque valley near the coastal town of Seaton in East Devon. In the spring the woodland floor is carpeted in stunning bluebells and the air is filled with the aroma of wild garlic. There is oak, ash and hazel abound at Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve and a variety of birds nest in holes in trees, bats roost in handy crevices and tangled roots can provide the ideal nesting 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. This wood makes a lovely walk and is a fine example of Devon woodland.

To get to the Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve, you will need to park at the Seaton Down picnic site which is opposite Seaton Tower Garage on Seaton Down Hill Road. From here, walk back to the A3052 and cross over the road carefully. You will then see a signpost marked Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve, follow this footfath down the field and you will come across the entrance to the woods. The nearest postcode is: EX12 2TF.

Where: SY264921
When: All year
Facilities: Dogs Allowed, Visitor Centre, Walks.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



Road Directions

Driving along the A3052 towards Seaton and Colyford, turn right signed Seaton at the Seaton Heights filling station. Drive a little way and park on the right-hand side of the road. The entrance to the reserve is a short walk back to the main road, along a footpath opposite the Seaton turn-off.

Public Transport Directions

Bus, cycling and walking routes available.


Establishment Features

  • Dogs-Accepted - Dogs welcome but must be kept under close control

Key Features

  • Forest Location
  • Outdoor Attraction

Opening Times

Holyford Woods (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Sunday09:00 - 17:00*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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