Walk - Marsland Valley Nature Reserve
2.7 miles (4.4 km)
Welcombe Mouth - EX39 6HL Welcombe Mouth
Moderate - Footpaths, tracks and lanes, with several stretches of ascent and descent. Paths may be muddy after rain.
A short but sharp walk around Marsland Mouth, where the mill leat straddling the Devon/Cornwall border flows past the old mill and tumbles to the rocky beach in a cascade of water. This wonderfully remote area of woodland, heathland and maritime grassland was first turned into a nature reserve by chocolate magnate Christopher Cadbury. Its variety of habitats supports a wide range of birds and mammals, including the rare and elusive dormouse. In summer the woods ring with birdsong, and the abundance of wildflowers draws many kinds of moths, butterflies and dragonflies.