GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Otterhead Lakes

1 miles (1.8 km)

This lovely little nature reserve in Otterford has some nice footpaths taking you along the two lakes and the River Otter. The two lakes which remain are all that are left of a series of pools in the landscaped gardens of Otterhead House which was built in 1845 and demolished in 1952. The site includes woodland trails with snowdrops in the winter and bluebells in the spring. There's also lots of wildlife to look out for. Keep your eyes peeled for kingfisher, dipper and wagtail as you make your way through the reserve.


TA3 7EE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Otterhead Lakes OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Otterhead Lakes Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Just to the south east of the reserve you'll find the little village of Churchinford and The York Inn. The historic inn dates back to the 15th century and includes a fine interior. They serve particularly delicous pies and a popular Sunday roast. You can find them at postcode ​TA3 7RF for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland and lakeside trails are a pleasant place for a dog walk. The York Inn mentioned above is also very dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head east from the reserve and you can visit an interesting historical site at Castle Neroche. The area is the site of and Iron Age Hillfort and a Normanmotte-and-baileycastle. There's some nice woodland trails and fine views of the Mendips and Quantocks Hills from the high points.
The long distance Staple Fitzpaine Herepath also runs through the area. This shared cycling and walking trail is often started from the car park at the castle. The path will take you to Thurlbear Wood where there's some fine ancient woodland, wildflowers and lots of wildlife to see.
To the west there's Hemyock which is notable as the largest village in the Blackdown Hills AONB. It also includes an ancient ruined castle and views of the River Culm so is worthy of some investigation.
For more walks in the AONB see the Blackdown Hills Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Otterford Lakes Nature Reserve

Otterford Lakes Nature Reserve on a chilly winter day.

Snowdrop wood, near Otterford - - 1183037

Snowdrop wood, near Otterford. A view of the woods in February on the eastern side of the lakes.

Bluebells above Otterford Lakes - - 1865544

Bluebells in spring. A few months later you can see these pretty bluebells in the lakeside woodland.

Top Lake, Otterford Lakes - - 1866990

The Top Lake in spring

Black Swans at Otterhead - - 2592882

Black Swans at Otterhead. A an example of the bird life you can see on the water. These birds are very photogenic with their colourful orange beaks.

Cascade, Top Lake, Otterhead - - 1866949

Cascade, Top Lake

Footbridge over the Otter - - 1866831

Footbridge over the Otter

Reservoir outflow, Royston Water - - 1183530

Reservoir outflow, Royston Water. This lake can be found at the southern end of the site.


GPS Files

GPX File

Otterhead Lakes.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Otterhead Lakes.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)