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NEWS RELEASE No: 1368311 JUNE 2010

Name Haldon's new bike trail

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The team at Haldon Forest Park near Exeter and offering people the chance to name its new cycle trail.  Prizes include a preview ride of the new trail when it opens in the autumn, a brand new bike helmet donated by Forest Cycle Hire and a free Discovery Pass for Haldon Forest Park.

The new trail is being built as part of the ‘1 South West’ project and will offer an adventurous ride aimed at intermediate cyclists.  It will be perfect for confident families and experienced cyclists looking for a gentle cycle and will be approximately 5km long.

All people need to do is send an e-mail to with their suggested trail name, a short sentence telling us why they love visiting Haldon Forest Park and their contact details.

Alternatively, suggestions should be sent by post to 'Name that trail' Competition, Haldon Forest Park, Bullers Hill, Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7XR.  The closing date for entries is Monday 28 June and the winner will be notified by 2 August.

Louise Bell, Haldon Forest Park’s Manager says:

“We really want someone who uses and enjoys Haldon to come up with a great name for our new trail.  A few tips – try to think about who will be using the new trail when thinking of names. Or people may wish to take inspiration from the forest, the surrounding area or even from local history. We can’t wait to hear some ideas!”

The Forestry Commission led ‘1 South West’ project is set to position the South West as a world class destination for adventurous off-road cycling.  A total of £7.5m is being invested in developing the activity across the region including funding of £4.6m from the Rural Development Programme for England. 

Developments will include purpose-built adventurous cycling trails, bike hire facilities, cafes, areas to develop bike handling skills and information on how and where to ride across the region.  Haldon Forest Park is one of six sites to receive funding as part of the project.

1. There is something for everyone at Haldon Forest Park.  It is 3.500 acres of woodland, owned by the Forestry Commission, just fifteen minutes from Exeter.  It is open every day and there are a range of walks and all ability trails, cycling trails as well as a wide range of events.  Rangers are on hand daily to give advice and ensure people get the most out of their visit.  In addition Forest Cycle Hire is based at Haldon, hiring out mountain bikes to visitors and facilitating groups of cyclists in the forest.  Haldon Forest Park also hosts Go Ape, an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides in the tree tops.  The Ridge Café is open at Malden every day serving a range of delicious, locally sourced food and drink.  The site is also home to the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, an innovative organisation, which uses the arts to explore new understandings of our place within nature.  They hold regular exhibitions and run educational events.

2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment.  Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.  Further information can be found at

Kirstie Smith, Communications Manager, Forestry Commission on 01392 834249.