Little Haldon Heaths

-, Teign Valley, Devon

Tel: +44 01626 215666

Haldon Forest - Forestry commission

About

(Photo provided by Forestry Commission)

Situated to the north of the Teign Estuary, Little Haldon is particularly important for its large areas of lowland heath. Little Haldon is rich in wildlife and the Council-managed site here comprises two small areas of lowland heath, each with a car park and picnic area, linked by a public footpath. Lowland heath habitats began forming over 5,000 years ago when hunter-gatherers became farmers and progressively cleared the native forests. In areas of southern Britain with thin sandy soils such as Little Haldon, heather and gorse soon took root, creating large expanses of heathland. Due to rapid destruction of lowland heathland since 1800, what remains is now vitally important and internationally rare - hence the designation of much of the area as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Among the rarer plants here are the dainty white climbing corydalis and the parasitic 'dodder' which scrabbles over it's host plant like a tangle of red string. Devon whitebeam is an attractive small tree which is hardly found anywhere outside Devon - but it is quite common at Little Haldon! Stonechat and nightjar - both characteristic birds of heathland, breed here along with yellow hammers and many other species. Common lizard, adder and foxes are often seen on the heathland.

Open all year, March-May is good for the flora. Breeding birds are also best seen in spring and summer. Heathland birds will be on site all year round.
Facilities: Disabled Access, Information Boards, Visitor Centre, Walks.

TripAdvisor

Directions

Road Directions

The site is approximately 1m north of Bishopsteignton. Take the A380 towards Torbay, then the left signposted to Teignmouth. Take the right turning towards Bishopsteignton, but take the right hand fork shortly after the turning. Little Haldon Heaths is signposted and directly off this road (Shepherd's Lane).

Alternatively can be reached from southern edge of Teignmouth Golf Course.

Public Transport Directions

Bus service to Bishopsteignton. Walking route, served by Postman's Path. No official cycle paths, but quiet roads from Teignmouth.

Facilities

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • On Bus Route

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

Follow us

What's Nearby

  1. South West Coast Path

    South West Coast Path National Trail is 630 miles long, from Minehead in Somerset to...

    1.79 miles away
  2. Teignmouth River Beach

    Located on the estuary side of town, this charming beach takes you back to days gone by....

    2.11 miles away
  3. Teignmouth Town Beach

    A long sandy beach from the mouth of the River Teign east towards Dawlish. Free summer...

    2.17 miles away
  1. Shaldon Beach

    A mix of shingle and sand, the beach gently shelves towards the estuary mouth with views...

    2.27 miles away
  2. Ness Cove Beach

    Ness Cove at Shaldon nestles in between magnificent red cliffs and is accessed via an...

    2.52 miles away
  3. The Riviera Line

    With regular trains seven days a week, the Riviera Line is great for all kinds of trips,...

    2.64 miles away
  4. Holcombe Beach

    Holcombe Beach

    A small cove situated at the base of the cliffs between Teignmouth and Dawlish. A small...

    2.69 miles away
  5. Coryton Cove Beach

    Rock pools to explore, occasional sightings of dolphins, brightly coloured painted beach...

    2.8 miles away
  6. Dawlish Town Beach

    Within a short walk from the town centre, Dawlish Town Beach is ideal to escape the...

    3.13 miles away
  7. Decoy Country Park

    Decoy Country Park provides an opportunity to enjoy exciting wildlife and beautiful...

    4.54 miles away
  8. Dawlish Warren and Cliffs

    Dawlish Warren is a fascinating place. This sand spit at the mouth of the Exe Estuary is...

    4.67 miles away
  9. Dawlish Warren Beach

    Dawlish Warren prides itself on being one of South Devon's top family beaches....

    4.7 miles away
  10. Dawlish Warren Nature & Wildlife Reserve

    Dawlish Warren's most valuable ecological asset appears outside of the summer months -...

    4.7 miles away
  11. Stover Country Park

    This 4 hectare lake supports a wealth of water birds and an excellent assemblage of...

    5.05 miles away
  12. Exeter Racecourse

    Welcome to Exeter Racecourse... the South West's most prestigious racecourse, sitting...

    5.42 miles away
  13. The Exe Valley Way

    The Exe Valley is a long distance route for walkers exploring the length of this...

    5.65 miles away
Previous Next

Search for What's Nearby

Product Type
Proximity
Within miles