Here’s a little secret for anybody who fancies a quiet ride in the Devon countryside – Woodbury Common. Not far from Exmouth, Woodbury Common is a collection of heaths with wide paths open to all. The area is recognised for its beautiful and rare flowers and fauna, and it comes into bloom between spring and September when the three types of heathers become a haze of purple. No matter which time of year you visit for a ride you’ll see the ground carpeted with yellow gorses and spectacular views from the high points of the Commons.
The Commons make a lovely place to ride for anyone with an eye for nature, as the heaths attract many a rare species such as the Dartford Warbler and numerous orchids. You’ll be able to see the historic Woodbury Castle as well as all kinds of prehistoric burial mounds (please make sure you don’t ride on these monuments).
Woodbury Common is a very open riding area, and it’s well known for its wet and dry heaths. Please make sure that whilst riding it you stick to the hard tracks to avoid straying in to the areas that have undergone conservation work. As you ride you’ll catch the odd glimpse of the cliffs along the coast of Sidmouth and all the way on to Dorset. This isn’t only a pretty spot for a ride but it’s also convenient, as there are plenty of car parks close to the Common making it easy to access.