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Harcombe Riding Trails
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

Trail details

Length of trail:

10 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

Horses and riders on a forest trail.

A network of riding trails that include a quarter mile stretch for galloping.

Devon is a haven for riders, and Haldon Forest Park is an excellent place for both you and your horse to enjoy, whatever your ability.

Riders are welcome to bring their dogs, but please keep them under control, and do keep to the designated trails.

Parking for Horse Riders

There is a designated car park for horse riders.  The Harcombe Horse box Park is exclusively for horse riders to park their vehicles and de-box.

Please note this car park is kept locked. To access the car park to ‘de-box’ you will need to apply for the code. Please email Haldon Ranger's or call 0300 067 5826

From here access can be gained to the Harcombe Riding Trails, which in turn link to the trails along Buller's Hill, towards Belvedere Tower.

Horse riders are requested not to use the main pay and display car park at Haldon Gateway, but instead to use this dedicated car park, free of charge.

Haldon4Horses is a group of local riders who enjoy hacking through Haldon & Harcombe Woods. 
They work to help resolve a number of issues such as access into Harcombe, road signs, etc., as well as contributing towards the further development of Haldon for equestrian users. 

Do you have any concerns, ideas, or require information of where you can ride? Haldon4Horses would love to hear from you:

Contact Anita: or 01647 252807

Contact Alan: or 01647 252807

Contact Debbie: or 01647 253372

This is something that has been very successful at other Forestry Commission sites such as Vyrnwy and Crychan in Wales.

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

The new tie posts in the lorry park are great. Please could we have a mounting block in the car park ? That would be very useful !

Are there plans to colour code rides. We ve been quite a few times but still don t feel we ve made the most of it because we keep getting lost !!

Barbra East, 23/Jun/2017

Thank you for your feedback. We are currently looking to waymark a circular route in Harcombe to help new riders to the area. Please feel free to e-mail and we can send you a map of the routes.

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What's Here?

  • Parking
  • Horse riding
  • With the exception of bridleways horse riders require a permit to ride in these woods. Please contact the District Office on 01392 832262 for an application form.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SX893823

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Haldon Forest Park
Ranger's Office
0300 067 5826

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