Jetty Marsh Reserve

About this route

This small site is a mosaic of reedbeds, scrub, grassland, open water and ditches and is part of the River Teign floodplain. These habitats support a varied wildlife – over 150 different plant species have been reported, along with a variety of animal life.

Marbled white butterflies, azure damselflies, six-spot burnet moth and great green bush crickets can all be seen here. The area is also of local importance for breeding birds, notably reed warbler, sedge warbler and the rare and protected Cetti’s warbler. Kingfishers are regularly seen and otters are known to visit the site too.

Getting Around

By foot: Within easy walking distance from Newton Abbot, the Templer Way long distance walking route passes through the reserve. By bus: There is a bus stop immediately next to the main entrance of Jetty Marsh on Kingsteignton Road, see the Travel Devon website for bus times.
Please note: there is no car parking at the reserve.

Access for wheelchairs, electric scooters and pushchairs, information boards and seating.
Much of Jetty Marsh is level with well surfaced paths making it suitable for all users.

Interesting information

This site is a Local Nature Reserve and is managed by Teignbridge District Council.

Jetty Marsh contains a disused canal basin where the old Stover Canal met the Whitelake Channel. Granite and ball clay were taken down the canal, the Whitelake and then the Teign in barges, before being shipped out from Teignmouth docks. The Templer Way, a footpath following this old shipping route, runs through Jetty Marsh and the nearby Wharf Road Sidings.

Photo of an orchid at Jetty Marsh, Newton Abbot
Jetty Marsh by Derek Harper

You can explore more in this area

Photo of a trail through beech woodland in spring

Templer Way

The Templer Way is a route for walkers linking Haytor on Dartmoor with the seaport of Teignmouth. It has a
Photo of marsh alongside the river Teign

Templer at the Teign

This walk follows a section of the Templer Way through Newton Abbot and along a length of the Teign Estuary.