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Explore Haldon Forest Park
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park. 3,500 acres of woodland just fifteen minutes from Exeter.

Walking Trails for everyone

We have a wide range of walking trails including the Discovery Trail, a multi-use, all-ability trail with traditional and natural play features, and the Sensory Trail at Mamhead has been specially designed to stimulate the senses of visitors of all abilities.

* The Gruffalo Trail is a self-led trail that is set along the Discovery Trail. There are ten stops around the trail for you to find, with activities to do along the way. Pick up an optional Gruffalo trail leaflet for £2 for more activities (available from the Ranger's Office). * 

Amazing Bike Trails

The Discovery and Challenge cycle trails help you gain confidence in off-road cycling and there is a technical trail designed for the more experienced mountain bikers. If you are looking to develop new skills try the cycle Skills Area and Pump Loop.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings. Take a look and book on our Go Ape page.

Horse riding

Horse riders also have their own exclusive trails in the Harcombe area of Haldon with almost 10 miles of trails, including a quarter mile gallop stretch.


There is a permanent orienteering course at Haldon, which has been designed by Devon Orienteering Club.  Map packs are available from the Ranger's office for £1.  They can also be downloaded from the Devon Orienteering Club's website.

Forest Cycle Hire

Cycle Hire can be found in the Hub, near the Ranger's Office. Call 01392 833768 for bookings and information or visit

Please note that over the winter period Forest Cycle Hire is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Segway Trail Tour 

Experience the panoramic views that Haldon Forest Park has to offer as you glide along effortlessly on the Eco-friendly i2 Personal Transporter!

Taking in woodland tracks and trails, this is a unique way to explore Haldon Forest Park.  For more information including booking and opening times visit the Segway website for more information and for full terms and conditions.

The Ridge Cafe

Open every day except Christmas Day serving a delicious range of meals and snacks.  Look out for their mid-week 'themed' days and special events.  Call 01392 832531 for more information and bookings.  You can also find them on Facebook

A Touch of the Wild

Go wild in the woods at Haldon Forest Park with A Touch of the Wild! Kids age 6-13 will love Woodland Adventure Club – our exciting holiday club that runs during all school holidays (except Christmas and Feb). If it’s their birthday coming up then make it a wild one with our exclusive Birthday Party packages for 4 years +. Your preschool, school or college can also enjoy the woods with one of our curriculum linked education group packages or bring the whole family to one of our Family Adventure Club Days. Your woodland adventure starts here -

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

how long is the Stick Man trail on at Haldon please? I couldn't seem to find that info on the website

mary culhane, 12/Dec/2013

Hi Mary, The Stick Man trail will be at Haldon until the 31st January. More information can be found here

Forestry Commission Response

Can I purchase a season ticket for the Haldon Hill car park . How do I do this?

Gill Akers, 29/Nov/2013

Gill, Our Discovery Pass scheme offers free parking and lots of other benefits, please pop into the Rangers office or buy online at 30 for 12 months. Haldon Rangers

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

What a fantastic ride for our family, the tag-a-long and bike seat both got a work out. We will be back. Thanks.

Anonymous, 13/Sep/2013
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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Segway
  • Walking
  • Viewpoint
  • Toliets
  • Wildlife
  • Horse riding
  • Use of the riding trails at Haldon Forest Park is now free of charge.
  • Orienteering
  • Permanent orienteering course. Maps available from the rangers' office.
  • Play area
  • There is a sandy play area for young children near the cafe. The multi-use Discovery Trail also starts at the main Hub and features traditional and natural play features, and uses the 'Access for All' standard.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SX884849
Postcode: EX6 7XR

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Haldon Forest Park
Ranger's Office
01392 834251

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