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2. Ludwell Valley Park

The park is a working farm on the edge of the busy city of Exeter. Many of the fields provide free access to people wishing to enjoy this tranquil setting.

Next to the farmland is Wonford Playing Fields where there is space to kick a ball around, jog with the dog, or take a leisurely stroll beside the Northbrook. The valley is a real wildlife haven. Harvest mice nest in the fields, whitethroats and blackcaps skulk in the hedgerows and orange-tip and painted lady butterflies feed on the wildflowers.

Getting around the park

Access is from Ludwell Lane, Topsham Road, Parkland Drive and Pynes Hill. There is a range of circular walks. Some land in the park is privately owned and access is only allowed into fields when a stile or kissgate is provided.

Getting there

  • Bus stops along Topsham Road and Rifford Road
  • Car parking at Pynes Hill and on local roads
  • A cycle ride or pleasant walk from the Riverside Valley Park

Caring for the park

Ludwell is valuable for the large numbers of farmland birds that live there - birds such as chaffinch, goldfinch, as well as the rarer bullfinch and meadow pipit.