Mid Devon Area

Bampton and Beer Downs

Bampton and Beer Downs - Huntsham area

This is a remote and quiet landscape with few through-routes, and is rarely visited by non-locals, giving it a remote, peaceful, timeless quality. Steep lanes run between high hedgebanks rich with colourful flowers. The flat hilltops have a sense of airy spaciousness, with long views towards the Blackdowns to the south and east, and an almost aerial aspect over the lush, deep green woodlands of the Exe valley to the west. In contrast to the open hilltops, the valleys feel enclosed and secretive. In the south, the historic parkland of Knightshayes Court adds seasonal colour and exotic species to this pastoral Devon landscape.

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Context

Bampton and Beer DownsThis character area is located to the north-east of Tiverton, and consists of a series of flat-topped hills interspersed with valleys. To the north is a gradual transition to the higher land of the Exmoor Fringe. To the east is the Somerset border, although the character of the landscape continues beyond it. To the south is a clear fall in height to the Culm Valley Lowlands, and to the west an abrupt drop into the Exe Valley.

   

Constituent Landscape Character Types

Constituent LCTs:1E: Wooded Ridges and Hilltops, 3A: Upper Farmed and Wooded Valley Slopes, 3B: Lower Rolling Farmed and Settled Valley Slopes, 3E: Lowland Plains, 3H: Secluded Valleys
Part of NCA:148: Devon Redlands

   

Distinctive Characteristics

   

Evaluation

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Forces for Change and Their Landscape Implications:

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Strategy

Overall Strategy:

To protect the landscape’s scenic quality and rural character, and to enhance its role as part of the setting to Exmoor National Park. Traditional agricultural land use and the management of landscape features such as hedgerows are encouraged within this quiet, mainly agricultural landscape. Historic features within the landscape such as lanes, tracks, farms, orchards and parkland are protected and well-managed. The spread of infectious tree diseases is minimised and the biodiversity of the area is enhanced.

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