Waterfowl and otters from the bird hides of Mid Devon — Birdwatching by bike in Devon
Bike Touring Highlight
Katherine Moore planned a bike ride.
October 15, 2020
Heading north from Okehampton, a high market town on the northern edge of Dartmoor, this Tour used quiet country lanes and the odd cycle path to link up two superb Devon Wildlife Trust reserves; Meeth Quarry and Halsdon. These both also have bird hides, so don’t forget the binoculars!With a glorious view of Dartmoor after climbing out of Okehampton, head north through Jacobstowe to start, paying a visit to the quintessentially Devonshire rural town of Hatherleigh.After crossing the River Torridge bridges further west, you’ll loop back to Meeth Quarry, right by the Tarka Trail. You can sometimes see great crested grebes and goosanders at the flooded quarry, so make sure you factor in some time to explore here before rejoining the Tarka Trail.To the north-east, Halsdon nature reserve consists mainly of woodland, set around the River Torridge. Settle down on the banks of the river for a while to see if you can lure out the colourful flash of the kingfisher! If you’re really lucky, you might even spot one of the otters that live here.The ride concludes with lanes to the east, through Broadwoodkelly and Exbourne as you head back towards Okehampton and those spectacular moorland views once again.
October 16, 2020