Matford Marsh

Bridge Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 6HE

Tel: 01392 824614

Matford Marsh landscape


Matford Marshes is a small, relatively new site halfway between Exeter and Exminster - just 3 miles (6 km) from the city centre. It's one of our Exe Estuary reserves.

This little reserve helps protect Exeter from flooding by holding excess water several times a year after heavy rain or snow. The changes in water levels mean it's good for birds - wading birds drop in to feed on the muddy edges.

We don't have many facilities yet - just a simple viewpoint and information sign. Matford Marsh is popular with cyclists, walkers and joggers who use the access track and enjoy the wildlife of this special, quiet place.

The raised viewing platform along the cycleway on the southern boundary provides an excellent vantage point. Look out for some of our common wildlife, especially during the winter when the reserve is used by wildfowl and waders.

Toilets in the local pubs are for customers only, so buy a pint or use the public facilities in Exminster village.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

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



Road Directions

It's on the west side of the Exe, on the outskirts of Exeter and halfway between the city centre and Exminster. It is on Bridge Road (A379) between Countess Weir Roundabout and the Exminster/Newton Abbot turnoffs, prior to the Devon Hotel, Matford. The walk/cycle way entry point to the reserve is close to the carriageway's pedestrian/cycle lights. Note: There are no parking facilities close by. The carriageway has a 'no stopping' restriction.


Establishment Features

  • Open All Year

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

  • Outdoor Attraction

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