Otterhead Lakes, Somerset

A tranquil, slightly haunting atmosphere pervades this former Victorian estate in the Blackdown Hills, demolished in 1952, and now a nature reserve, with woodlands, two lakes and a diversity of semi-natural habitats. If you’re quiet you may spot a kingfisher or a dipper, and at dusk you can watch bats flitting about; if you’re really patient you might see badgers when they come out to forage. There’s a lovely circular walk taking in lanes, fields, a turbary and the lakes.

Otterhead Lakes can be found close to the hamlet of Otterford, and the villages of Bishops Wood and Churchinford.

Car park. Dogs to be kept on leads  

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