Otterhead Lakes - Flip flops or Wellies?

A lovely walk around the nature reserve.

Literally 10 minutes drive from Chilcott's Barn, this really is a lovely place for a country walk. If you follow the route on the map the paths are fairly well maintained and not too muddy. You would be fine with a decent pushchair on some of the paths. However if you head off round the lakes, a bit off road, then wellies are required, certainly at the moment!

The lakes are beautifully peaceful and so is the walk, compared to some local beauty spots this is definitely one to keep quiet about!

Otterhead Lakes are a great place for children to run around, play in the stream and enjoy being outdoors.

The lakes are as the name suggests just at the source of the River Otter. The river then flows all they way to Honiton, Ottery St Mary and Otterton, finally reaching the sea at Budleigh Salerton. The river gives it name to local beer, ice cream and flour.

The lakes were originally part of large landscaped gardens of the Otterhead Estate. There was a house and walled gardens as well. Sadly now no longer to be seen, the area has been turned into a nature reserve.

If you want to learn more about the estate or join a guided walk you can go along to a Heritage Open day guided walk – these are run two or three times year. More details about the estate on the Otterhead Trust’s website. This also includes good directions for getting there.

The reservoirs are managed by Wessex Water and there are also fishing rights on the lakes.