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Additional information for planning your visit


The Hub next to the Gateway Car Park. Peninsula FDFacilities in and around the Hub include:

  • Unisex toilets - including one disabled toilet and urinal
  • Baby changing facility - based in the disabled toilet
  • Shower – key available from the Ranger’s Office.
  • Ranger’s Office.
  • First Aid post at the Ranger’s Office
  • Centre for Contemporary Art & the Natural World
  • Forest Cycle Hire.
  • Go Ape! highwire adventure course
  • Car park
  • Children's sand pit play area
  • Picnic & BBQ area
  • The Ridge Cafe
  • Dog waste bins

Please note that the mobile phone signal at Haldon Forest Park is poor, and we do not have a payphone on site.

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Food & DrinkCustomers enjoying the food and drink on offer at the Ridge Café, Haldon Forest Park

The Ridge Cafe is open every day serving a range of delicious food and drink.  Call 01392 832531 for details.  WiFi is available at the cafe.

We also have a charming picnic area a short distance from the main car park, which offers views through the trees towards Dartmoor National Park. The Ridge Cafe sell picnic hampers if you don't want to bring your own.

Each hamper is presented in an eco-friendly jute bag to carry to the chosen pic nic spot, and to keep.  The contents of the hampers include freshly prepared sanwiches with a choice of fillings on white or granary chunky bread, a small salad bowl, burts tradtional crisps, a selection of our own homemade cakes and traybakes and fresh fruit. They cost between £13 for a two person hamper to £29 for a five person hamper. They need to be ordered at least 48 hours in advance by calling The Ridge Cafe on 01392 832531.

At present, we do not have fixed bbq's for you to use, however if you would like to bring your own bbq to Haldon Forest Park, please contact the rangers office on 01392 834251 to discuss your requirements.

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Cycle Hire

Forest Cycle Hire can be found in the Hub, near the Ranger's Office.

Forest Cycle Hire stock a full range of frame sizes for children and adults, plus tag-alongs, child seats, and buggys. Mobility trikes are also available to hire. Using only Claud Butler mountain bikes assures a high quality ride, and something for everyone!

Call 01392 833768 for bookings, information and current opening times.

Disabled Access

There are designated disabled parking bays at both the main car park and Mamhead car park.
There is a disabled toilet available at the main car park. Please note however that there are no toilet facilities at Mamhead car park.

In addition we have two all-ability trails, which use the ‘Access for All’ standard devised by the Fieldfare Trust. The rolled stone surface is level and suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs, and people with mobility problems. There are also regular resting points along these trails. The Mamhead Sensory Trail includes a series of sensory waymarkers, and there is a low-level site map at the Hub. Find out more about these trails.

Tramper Hire - The Countryside Mobility scheme provides easy access to the countryside for people with disabilities living in and visiting South West England through a mobility scooter hire scheme. 'Tramper' all-terrain mobility scooters provide access for all to a wide range of wheelchair acessible outdoor visitor attractions across the region including Haldon Forest Park. 

If you would like to book the Tramper, either for training or to use if you are an existing member please contact the Haldon Forest Park Ranger team on 01392 834251 or contact ranger Tim Powles on 07790 848720 if you have any other queries.

For more general information on the scheme please visit the Countryside Mobility website.

Blue badge holders are also required to purchase a parking ticket.

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Using the parking meter in the forest car park.There are two car parks at Haldon Forest Park.
To reach the main car park follow the road along the top of the ridge, heading for Belvedere Tower. After about a mile you will see the Forestry Commission Office entrance on your left. Continue along the ridge road until you come to the car park entrance on your left.

Cars Peak Times: Up to 2 hours £3 Over 2 hours £4 Cars Off-Peak: Up to 2 hours £2 Over 2 hours £3

Coaches: £15.00
Discovery Pass: £30

Peak Times = Weekends, School Holidays and Bank Holidays
Off-Peak Times = Monday - Friday during school term time

Blue badge holders are also required to purchase a parking ticket.

To reach Mamhead car park from the main car park head for the racecourse, follow the road under the A38, and turn left over the new A380 bridge. If coming off the A380 turn off at the top of the hill towards Starcross. On both routes, take the first right signposted for Ashcombe, and go straight over the crossroads and the car park is 200 yards on the left. This car park is free of charge as there are no other facilities, but provides access to the Mamhead Sensory Trail.

Note that parking may be limited at peak times.

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Schools and Group Visits

Schools and groups are always welcome at Haldon Forest Park, but we would encourage you to contact us to find out whether there is anything else going on as we do have a number of large events booked. Coaches can be accomodated in the car park, but this may be limited at busy times.

If you would like to apply to hold an event at Haldon Forest Park find out how to organise an event.

You can find a number of education & learning resources online.

Please note that the mobile phone signal at Haldon Forest Park is poor, and we do not have a payphone on site.

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DogsA woman walks her dog through the forest.

Dogs are certainly welcome at Haldon Forest Park – what better way for you and your dog to get some exercise?

Dog waste bins are located in the main car park, on the road leading to the Forestry Commission Office, in the Mamhead car park, and at the entrance to the Mamhead Sensory Trail.

More information for dog walkers.

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Christmas Tree Sales

During December we have a Christmas Tree Sales Centre in the Car Park.

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Forest Operations in the Park

We are currently awaiting contractor availability to commence a small thinning operation around the Haldon Forest Park car park, hub and District office. The operation will not only improve the landscaping around the hub by improving sightlines and providing new facilities but it will also provide small roundwood to the fencing market.

The trails and car park will remain open although on commencement, signs will be erected and occasionally you may be asked to re-direct your route briefly. In order to keep disturbance to a minimum, much of the close proximity work will be carried out early in the morning. Please look out for the signs and please for your own safety adhere to their directions.

Harvesting operations are currently being prepared for the next 18 months and they include the Dawlish Water Works area, Chalet Woods (Telegraph Hill), Ideford and Whiteway. This website will be updated nearer to the commencement of each parcel of timber.

Please be aware that Haldon is a working forest and that you are likely to come across both major and minor works throughout your visit. Please ensure that you do not place yourself in a hazardous situation by ignoring the signs and entering a works area. When encountering large machinery and/or lorries on the roads or in the wood do not proceed past them until the operator has seen you and waved you through.

For further information contact the Area Forester on 01392 832262.

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