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start from the car park at Nut­combe Bot­tom. The trails range from 0.5 to 6.5 miles long, so you can make a visit as short or as long as you like. Look out for the small wooden sculp­tures dot­ted through­out the for­est, too. De­tails are in a down­load­able leaflet, (which you can ac­cess at: the­crownes­tate.co.uk/ me­dia/5388/dun­ster_es­tate.pdf ). The for­est fur­ther up­hill can also be ac­cessed us­ing two wide tracks, with limited park­ing at the start of them. The best area for Night­jars (mid-may to Au­gust) is ac­cessed from the higher of these two, fol­low­ing a track east steadily up­hill to the circular track just be­low the sum­mit. Ar­rive just be­fore sun­set for Night­jars. Take a torch for the walk back – the woods get very dark here The tracks from here of­fer rel­a­tively flat or gen­tly slop­ing ac­cess to the woods, and a more open as­pect. Can be a good area for Wood­cock in win­ter.

3The other area of­fer­ing limited road­side park­ing, this gives ac­cess up a steep(ish) gra­di­ent to the sum­mit track.

4The track cir­cling the sum­mit is a good area for Night­jars in sum­mer.

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