Walk - Mutter's Moor & the Lower Otter Valley
7.0 miles (11.3 km)
Mutter's Moor Car Park - EX10 0NW Mutter's Moor Car Park
Challenging - Footpaths, tracks, quiet country roads. Some steep ascent and descent.
A strenuous but rewarding walk through 185 million years of geological history, displayed in the towering red cliff at High Peak, and more than five thousand years of human history. Stone tools have been found here from the Stone Age, and there are the remains of an Iron Age hillfort up on the summit of High Peak, where there are tremendous views out over a landscape whose patterns of fields, strips and ancient trackways tell their own tale of agricultural methods over the centuries.
A good walk in the springtime, when songbirds perch among the bright gorse flowers and colonies of rowdy seabirds nest on the red cliffs to the east of the estuary. Migrant waders joins the terns and sand martins around the shoreline and on the exposed hillsides above the bushes are clad in tumbling blossom.