The East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

The Pebblebed Heaths are a number of commons in and around the Budleigh area, including Dalditch, Withycombe, Lympstone, East Budleigh, Bicton, Woodbury, Colaton Raleigh, Hawkerland, Aylesbeare and Harpford, the whole area is managed by the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust and has been occupied since the Bronze Age. Because of this, it is a great location for anyone who loves nature and exploring history, especially at locations like Woodbury, where you’ll find an ancient hill fort.

Every year, Budleigh Salterton celebrates Heath Week, where you’ll find a host of events designed to help you enjoy and preserve the heaths.

Exploring the heaths

Stretching over 60km, there are a host of trails across the Pebblebed Heaths, offering a varied terrain to suit all types of walkers and adventurers.

It is estimated that nearly 1 million guests a year visit the Pebblebed Heaths to enjoy the sights and history. The heaths cover a vast distance, including areas like Mutter’s Moor and Woodbury Common, which is the most popular sights on the heath.

Because of the wild nature of the heaths, they can sometimes be slippery, so make sure to have suitable clothes and shoes and to check the weather before heading out.

You can find walking and cycling trails on the Pebbeled Heaths Conservation Trust website here

Enjoy the heaths responsibly

The heaths are a beautiful place and is somewhere we want to preserve for future generations to also enjoy. As such, when visiting the heaths, please do so responsibly.

Please be aware that wildcamping is not permitted on the Pebblebed Heaths at any time. The use of drones and model aircraft is not allowed on or over the Pebblebed Heath except with prior written permission from the land owner.

When visiting:

  • Don’t stray from the pathways
  • No fires or camping
  • Take all litter with you
  • Follow all signage
  • Do not climb on Woodbury Castle or any other natural landmarks
  • Please do not use a metal detector
  • Please do not use drones
  • Stick to the Countryside Code
  • Have fun!

To help everyone have a memorable and enjoyable experience while exploring the Pebblebed Heaths, the Trust have compiled a series of guides for dog walkers, cyclists and horseriders. You can find them here.

Be aware that there are no official car parks on the heaths, though there are private car parking in some areas. Learn more on the website here.

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