Multi-use pathway at Lower Halsdon Farm

The multi-use path at path at Lower Halsdon Farm connects to the stunning Exe Estuary Trail.

Meandering along the northern boundary of the farm for approximately 1km, the tarmacked path is a popular route for walkers, cyclists, people with pushchairs and wheelchair users. The path links up to the Exe Estuary Trail.

Offering a green space for all to enjoy, visitors can look out for wildlife that make their home along the Exe Estuary and admire impressive views across the water.

" The work has been chosen to reflect [former Lower Halsdon Farm owner] Stanley Long’s wish for the farm to be for all the people of Exmouth to enjoy. We feel that giving people access across the land to the estuary in a sensitive and well-managed way is in tune with these wishes. "
- David Ford, General Manager

From the Exe Estuary Trail, you can continue on to the town centre or go in the other direction, towards Topsham, Exeter and Dawlish. Along the way you can look out for wintering waders and wildfowl, such as lapwing, the rare Cetti’s warblers, black-tailed godwits and wigeons. Please click here more information about the estuary.

Managing the land for wildlife

During the autumn and winter months we organise hedge-laying and hedge-planting activity days.

By learning a traditional hands-on skill local volunteers have helped us establish 'healthy hedges' that offer a valuable home and food source for birds, butterflies and small mammals, as well as providing a natural boundary for stock.

The hedges at Lower Halsdon Farm, Devon, are vital for local wildlife conservation.
Volunteer digging to plant hedges at Lower Halsdon Farm, East Devon
The hedges at Lower Halsdon Farm, Devon, are vital for local wildlife conservation.

Lower Halsdon Farm Tea-garden

At certain times of year, the tea-garden at Lower Halsdon Farm will be open and offering a selection of refreshments.

Every Saturday and Sunday until the end of September, including August Bank Holiday Monday, 11am - 4.30pm.

A visit to the tea-garden is an ideal way to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Exe estuary with a drink and snack. Sample their homemade cakes and cream teas, with freshly brewed drinks or a refreshing soft drink.

The Exe Estuary has protected status due to its abundant birdlife.
The Exe Estuary has protected status due to its abundant birdlife
The Exe Estuary has protected status due to its abundant birdlife.

The Trust was bequeathed the land in 1995 from Stanley Long following on from the wishes of his late mother Blanche Long. Together they wanted to keep the land free of residential development, providing an important green lung amongst the suburban development along the estuary.

" It does not matter that I could not have children of my own, as the land will be enjoyed by other people’s children, and their children, it is no longer my land but in this way it is, and will be ever after."
- Stanley Long, Farmer at Lower Halsdon who gave the farm to the Trust in 1995