The Glen, along the banks of the Glen Stream which flows into the River Gissage, is only 600m or about 5 minutes walk from the town centre. Signs show the location from various parts of the town.
The Glen has many notable heritage features which can be seen on postcards from a hundred years ago depicting the Higher Glen. These cards of of especial value as visual aids to restoring the various paths, waterfalls and cascades which can still be seen in The Glen today. In 2007 the Town Council formed The Friends of The Glen with the aim of regenerating this open space and working parties have been clearing the grossly overgrown laurels, letting light into the valley for the first time in many years.
The work of maintaining and caring for The Glen is being continued by the Honiton Glen Conservation Group which was formed in July 2013. The Group can be contacted by email on [email protected] Further details are available on the Group’s website at www.e-voice.org.uk/friendsoftheglen.
The Glen is associated with one of Honiton’s leading families, the Ashleys of Pine Park House on Parsonage Lane. The lane separated the Pine Park Estate from the grounds of a former Honiton rectory. This rectory had a formidable water garden which led on to the Higher Glen’s cascades, weirs and rustic bridges. The Higher Glen has steep sided banks and is at present inaccessible. A centuries-old leat in the Lower Glen provided water for the town centre until the 1970s.
The Lower Glen was opened to the public in 1937 commemorating the coronation of King George VI. Trees were planted by local school children to mark the occasion and several still stand today. Additional pieces of land have been qcquired and a large open sloping site on the south west side is a welcome addition. The leat which fed the town gully from New Street to Dowell Street terminates here and the water diverted into the main stream which then goes underground.
The Glen is a haven for wildlife and all are welcome to come and enjoy this unique green space in the centre of the town.