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Jetty Marsh & Wharf Road Sidings Local Nature Reserve

This reserve lies next to the River Teign and the Whitelake Channel, where they run between Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton.

Site Description

Jetty Marsh is part of the River Teign floodplain and is an intimate mixture of reedbeds, grassland, scrub and tidal waters fringed by mudflats. The site is important for its wildlife, such as reed warbler and Cetti's warbler, and is designated as a County Wildlife Site.

Reeds at Jetty Marsh


* Public transport nearby
* Access for wheelchairs, electric scooters and baby buggies
* Dog bins
* Site information boards
* Bench seats
* Jetty Marsh LNR leaflet available - download the leaflet or ask the Rangers for a paper copy.

Location and Access

Wharf and Jetty Marsh Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
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Both parts of the Nature Reserve are within easy walking distance of Newton Abbot centre and can be reached from Newton Quay via the Templer Way which links the two parts of the reserve. There are also entrances from Wharf Road and from the middle roundabout on Jetty Marsh Road.

There is no car park serving the site, but there is a bus stop immediately adjacent to the main Jetty Marsh site entrance on Kingsteignton Road - just tens of metres from the B&Q roundabout. The Templer Way footpath continues upstream from Jetty Marsh through West Golds to the Teign Bridge. Downstream of Wharf Road, it follows the southern estuary bank and foreshore.

Much of Jetty Marsh is level and the paths are well surfaced, so the site is suitable for most wheelchairs, electric scooters and baby buggies.

Grid Ref: SX 864 718 Jetty Marsh
Grid Ref: SX 867 717 Wharf Road Sidings
Red dots = Main entrances

Historic Interest: -Jetty Marsh too: it contains a disused canal basin where the old Stover Canal met the Whitelake Channel. Granite and ball clay were taken down the canal, the Whitelake and then the Teign in barges, before being shipped out from Teignmouth docks. The Templer Way, a footpath following this old shipping route, runs through Jetty Marsh and the nearby Wharf Road Sidings.

Wharf Road Sidings, a separate part of this LNR, is squeezed in between the confluences of the Whitelake Channel and the River Lemon with the Teign. As the name suggests, Wharf Road Sidings also has its local history interest. The wharfs and railway sidings serving Newton Abbot market and the old power station were located here. The site of this industrial past now provides a haven for wildlife and quiet enjoyment.

Please help us to look after the Reserve by:
* taking your litter home and using the dog bins provided
* keeping your dog close to you - many small animals shelter here
* never picking flowers or disturbing wildlife
* not cycling through the Reserve - keep to the waymarked cycle route nearby
* keeping to the footpath and not walking through the reedbeds - the mud is deep in places and the birds that feed and nest there are easily disturbed