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Best Bystock Nature Reserve Walks

Bystock Nature Reserve
1 hour walks
Select Your WalkWalk 1 (1.2 miles)Walk 2 (3 miles)
  Bystock Pools Bystock Pools & Squabmoor Reservoir

Bystock Nature Reserve, North of Exmouth, is an ideal place for the family to relax and explore.

Originally the lake was a reservoir serving Bystock Court , a local Victorian manor house known for its most impressive front door.

Bystock Pools is home to lots of wildlife:
dragonflies , ducks, nightjars, glow worms, tawny owls and while stonechats .

Point of InterestNature Reserve
parkingComing from Exeter where the B3180 becomes B3179 take a narrow lane on left (after the Exmouth & Lympstone sign where the B3180 curves sharply)
parkingBystock Nature Reserve
Bystock Nature Reserve

Walk 1 Bystock Pools (1.2 miles)


This is a very short & gentle walk around the nature reserve taking in the main lake, various streams and 'The Meadow'.

Allow an hour. Use the map to create your own walk.

Most paths are well defined but not wheelchair friendly.

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map of Bystock Nature Reserve Trail

Walk 1

 Walks near Bystock Nature Reserve
 Lympstone Village
An easy and varied walk through the picturesque village and harbour.
 Exmouth Coast
A superb and highly recommended coastal walk of moderate difficulty along the Jurassic Coast.

Walk 2 Bystock Pools & Squabmoor Reservoir (3 miles)


A very varied woodland & moorland walk to the reservoir using mainly footpaths and bridleways.

The Walk

A From Car Park cross meadow and after gate turn right and continue along edge of wood.

B Pass gate on left (with a path leading into the forest) then after 27m take a narrow path on on right and descend to the lake.

Continue along lake and turn left onto a lane.

C After 418m where 2 paths join on your left , turn right onto a footpath and continue to Squabmoor Reservoir.

Squabmoor Reservoir

A squab is an old English word for 'young pigeon'.

At the end of the lake turn left onto a gravel track.

D Continue ignoring track on left until you see a footpath on left . Turn left and continue until it joins a track. Turn left.

After 245m continue keeping the edge of the wood on your right then enter the wood , through a car park and onto a lane.

Cross lane and continue in the same direction following a track - if you have a gps with our route leads past some ruins, which have been converted to hibernacula for bats by the MOD.

When you join a lane, cross over onto a track which forms part of the East Devon Way.

At the bridlepath sign turn left . Turn right onto a lane and continue until the car park.

The route follows clearly defined public foot and bridle paths.

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Walk 2 Squabmoor Reservoir

Map of Bystock Nature Reserve

Map of Bystock Nature Reserve