Abbeyford Woods, Okehampton

About this route

These stunning woods with spectacular walks have beautifully adapted paths for all. You can take in part of the Tarka Trail and follow the River Okement, or just wind your way through the woodland at your leisure.

Getting Around

Car Park at SX589976.

Picnic area.
Compacted woodland paths, managed by the Forestry Commission.

Interesting information

Abbeyford is also a great place to discover the changing colours of the seasons.  On a walk through this beautiful wood you will see majestic Douglas fir trees, and pass through areas of autumnal gold beech trees alongside the banks of the Okement River.

With its varied tree species structure and crystal clear river, it is no wonder that wildlife flourishes in these woods.  After dark, the badger and dormouse venture out in search of food. You might spot the signs they leave, should you visit during the day.

If you visit the woods early in the morning or during the evening, you might be lucky enough to spot roe or red deer. Redstart, pied flycatcher, nightjar, buzzard and raven can all be seen or heard. On sunny days, an adder may be seen sunning itself. You might also see a butterfly dart past; the silver-washed fritillary has been seen here on several occasions.

Photo of a path through woodland and heathland at Abbeyford Woods
Abbeyford Woods Copyright Grant Sherman, licenced for reuse - geograph.org.uk

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