Ludwell Valley Park, with its many gorgeous views, is a beautiful walk.
Another Valley Walk that gives amazing variety throughout its network of paths, where you can explore for hours or take short cuts if the children are starting to tire. The butterfly walk that is way-marked (mostly), and is the walk that we’ve mapped, will have you descending (and ascending at the end) steep rolling hills (which are amazing for out-of-control running or rolling down for the older ones or the more daring parents!); a variety of fields including: wild flower meadows, animals grazing, orchards; and tunnels of trees. The new discovery at every gate takes away any monotony of the walk and (hopefully) entertains the little ones. If not, there is a park close by at Wonford playing ground that can be accessed if you veer off the butterfly marked trail, as well as a stream and a flat pramable walk.
If there are views, there are hills! And Ludwell is no exception. But that means that gorgeous views (with handy benches) of Haldon & the mouth of the Exe can be enjoyed. Perfect spot for a snack or sandwich.
Ludwell is one of six Exeter Valley Parks managed by Devon Wildlife Trust. Mincinglake Valley Park, another of our favourites of the fabulous Valley parks, is a great place to walk with children. Both are part of the Exeter Green Circle walk. Information on the Ludwell section by the Exeter City Council can be found here and the pdf of the walk here. Further information by Exeter City Council about all of the Exeter Green Circle can be found here and the pdf here.
Interactive Map of The Butterfly Walk at Ludwell Valley Park
The Butterfly Walk
Walk type: Woodland, meadows, a hill – achievable for preschoolers (with the promise of a snack!).
Length: 1.85 miles / 3km within the 200-acre country park. Short cuts could be easily made or the walk could be made longer.
Little Ones’ mode of transport: Sling to enjoy all of the park or feet! Not buggy friendly.
Footwear: Any suitable for walking. Wellies for paddling in the stream. Can be muddy in winter.
Dog friendly: Yes. Very. Dog bins at the road entrance of Pynes Hill
Ludwell Valley Park: Need to know
Opening times: All day every day.
How to get there: There are many places to start the butterfly walk. The map starts from Pynes Hill where there is free on street parking:
What 3 words: w3w.co/tapes.fleet.navy
Loos & Baby Changing: No
There aren’t any pubs or cafes on the walk but close by are:
Costa Coffee, Digby Dr, Exeter EX2 7HX
Daisy Cafe, 98 Fore St, Heavitree, Exeter EX1 2RS
The Daisy café has a wonderful friendly atmosphere and delicious food, indoor seating and a courtyard with umbrella shades. It’s family friendly and very dog friendly too! They are also offering a Little Devon Discount of a free kid’s drink with every adult lunch purchased – just mention Little Devon to them.