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Nature reserves

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2. Aller Brook Local Nature Reserve


Aller Brook has a mosaic of very varied habitats, which together support a wide range of flora and fauna. The site is dominated by a patchwork of flowery grassland and scrub with other habitats including reedbeds and the river itself. Many species of flowering plants have been recorded, including a large Bee Orchid colony, a scarce plant in the Teignbridge district. Aller Brook is very closely linked with the Teign Estuary and is used as a green corridor by many different species of wildlife. These include a wide range of butterflies, grasshoppers and dragonflies. Kingfishers and otters have also been spotted here.

You can stroll along both banks of the brook, so you can make this a circular walk. These paths link to the Templer Way footpath along the River Teign. The foot path on the industrial estate side of the brook is level and well surfaced, making it suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.


  • public transport nearby
  • access for all
  • cycle path
  • Aller Brook Local Nature Reserve leaflet
  • Access for All leaflet - download the leaflet or ask a Ranger for a copy

Please note, there are no car parking facilities available.

Location and access

You can easily walk to the reserve from Newton Town Quay, over Buckland footbridge or from Penn Inn. There is good access for less mobile people from the Torquay Road (following the footpath through Forde House grounds) and from two points on Collett Road in the Brunel Industrial Estate.