Things to do on the estate at Bradley
A Site of Special Scientific Interest, the estate surrounding Bradley is home to ancient woodland and meadows teeming with life. Discover the things to see and do by the river and in the woods and meadows, including walking, exploring with your dog and looking out for wildlife.
Explore ancient woodland
Bradley Manor lies in the River Lemon Valley. The Bradley estate covers 100 acres of hay meadows, old orchards and woodlands.
The ancient and semi-natural woodlands of Berry’s Woods and Lang’s Copse are hugely important as they are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The woodlands are one of the few habitats in Devon growing on limestone, and the small-leaved lime trees here are only found in ancient woodlands. In fact, the specimens found here in Berry’s Wood are the most southerly in Britain.
See the River Lemon
From its source on Dartmoor, the River Lemon meanders through the estate and on towards the local market town of Newton Abbot. The clean and unpolluted waters support spawning salmon, brown trout and kingfishers. This great water supply probably decided the choice of site for settlement in the Middle Ages.
In medieval times, a stream was taken from the River Lemon to supply the mills in the town, along with the cider press at Bradley Manor. Named Bradley Leat, the cool and crystal-clear water still flows along past the manor and is an ideal spot for dogs to cool off.
A stroll through Bradley estate is perfect all year round. The meadows and woodlands are open to the public and there are level paths leading through them.
Visiting Bradley with your dog
Dogs are very welcome in the Bradley estate. Here are some top tips for how to enjoy your visit while helping us to look after these special places:
Keeping control of your dog
Our definition of close or effective control is:
- Being able to recall your dogs in any situation at the first call
- Being able to clearly see your dog at all times (not just knowing they have gone into the undergrowth or over the crest of the hill). In practice, this means keeping them on a footpath if the surrounding vegetation is too dense for your dog to be visible
- Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent
- Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock or wildlife, or if you are asked to use one
The Canine Code
We’ve worked with our partner Forthglade to come up with this Canine Code, which helps to make sure everyone can enjoy their day:
- Keep them close: using a short lead helps to keep your dog from disturbing ground-nesting birds and farm animals. It's essential to use a short lead around sheep. But if cattle approach you, it's best to let your dog off the lead, and call them back when it's safe to do so.
- Pick up the poo: please always clear up after your dog. If you can't find a bin nearby, take the poo bags home with you.
- Watch the signs: keep an eye on local signs and notices wherever you're walking. They'll tell you if a beach has a dog ban, for instance, or if a path has been diverted, or if you're in an area where dogs can run off-lead.
- Stay on the ball: remember that not everyone loves dogs, and some people fear them. So make sure your dog doesn't run up to other people, especially children.
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