Bishopswood Meadows (and Jan Hobbs) Nature Reserve

Species-rich limestone and marshy meadows beside River Yarty.

Technical sheet
No. 14018677
A Otterford walk posted on 27/08/21 by Somerset Wildlife Trust. Update : 27/08/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h15[?]
Distance Distance : 3.6km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 81m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 78m
Highest point Highest point : 212m
Lowest point Lowest point : 143m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Otterford
Starting point Starting point : N 50.909049° / W 3.054501°
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Description

(D/A) Starting from the Candlelight Inn (bottom car-park), go down the side of the pub to the footbridge over the River Yarty. Over the stile, go across the field through the gate (cattle often in here), go right diagonally across the field & over the stile onto the track. A right of way turns left at a gate and across a field but for the WildWalk continue on down the track.

(1) Go ahead through the gate into Jan Hobbs reserve. A short distance down the track turn left through Milkham Copse, a piece of ancient woodland. The track can be very muddy. Look out for spring flowers and hazelnuts chewed by dormice.

Go through the gate then straight across the open ground of the reserve’s two fields until you reach the gate at the road.

(2) Turn left. Head up the hill past Cross Hill Farm. Take the footpath on the left to Moorseek Farm (through a farm gate and then 2 other small metal gates).

(3) Go down the track past the farmyard and down the field. Go through a gate and fork left over the footbridge across the River Yarty into Bishopswood Meadows Reserve.

A loop walk is shown as a red dotted line. For the loop walk, turn left along the River Yarty to the Lime Kiln then loop back through the reserve. If not following the loop, turn right up the field and through the kissing gate. Look out for blue butterflies, orchids and waxcap fungi. Go along the trackway to the road.

(4) Turn left onto the road past Woodend Farm and Otterford Parish Hall. Turn left at the main road and downhill to the Candlelight Inn.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 148m - Candlelight Inn
1 : km 0.38 - alt. 158m - Jan Hobbs reserve
2 : km 1.07 - alt. 182m - Cross Hill Farm
3 : km 1.71 - alt. 212m - Moorseek Farm
4 : km 2.72 - alt. 191m - Woodend
D/A : km 3.6 - alt. 148m - Candlelight Inn

Useful Information

Roads and footpaths steep in places. The latter can become very muddy after prolonged periods of rain. Dogs welcome but please keep on lead

More details : https://www.somersetwildlife.org/wildlif...

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Marbled white
A distinctive medium-sized white butterfly, with black-chequered markings. Adults on the wing in the summer, from June to August.

Grey Wagtail
Grey wagtails have a very long, black and white tail with a yellow rump and yellow belly. They are grey above with black wings. Males have a grey face with a black throat bib and a white ‘moustache’.

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