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Your comments on Haldon Forest Park in Exeter, Devon

5 Stars 5 Stars

Hired the tramper today for my mother, who has servere mobility issues and hasn't been out on a "walk" for years. The forestry staff were superb, especially Rob who gave my mother a tramper lesson. Brilliant scheme to open up the wonderful walks to people usually denied this privilege. Great day! Great staff!

James , 31/Mar/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Just wanted to say how much we appreciated being able to borrow the "Tramper" today. My son has M.E and been pretty much housebound for a year. Using the "Tramper" gave him back a sense of indepence as well as making him laugh. A main characteristic of M.E is post exertion malaise and no doubt he will experience payback tomorrow. However we all have a lovely memory of being in a forest for the first time in a year. Many Thanks to yourselves, Countryside Mobility South West and Ranger Jon.

Maria McGlashan, 19/Mar/2017
3 Stars 3 Stars

Haldon forest park is lovely place great cafe walking area good if walkers stay safe on walking trails not on bike runs .blue is not family bike run trail very badly maintained can be little unsafe

For younger riders and tricky in places due bad lose rocky area .

Mtb , 5/Feb/2017
3 Stars 3 Stars

Extremely expensive car park charges meant a cup of Coffee costs 5.20. Have to use my car being disabled as I don't have the option of arriving by bike. Won't be returning. Facilities appear good for able bodied visitors.

Keith, 29/Nov/2016

We are sorry you feel that our car parking charges are too high. All money raised from car parking goes back in to the maintenance and upkeep of Haldon. You can park for free at Mamhead, the other side of Haldon, although this isn't near to the facilities. Also regular visitors can save money with a Discovery Pass, which for £30 gives free parking for a year as well as a range of other discounts and benefits.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Lovely walks and good views. Would have helped to have some maps en route and slightly better signage when you got off the beaten track, otherwise a brill place for our family and dog, well done!

Sally, 8/May/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

I think this is are 2nd time. HOLDON! Is great. It is way good especially to take the dog. If we go there again it will be great

Alfie, 6/Apr/2016
4 Stars 4 Stars

Having taken our puppies for their first walk in the forest was disappointed to come across an old van with a dog outside near the obalisk area who went for our puppies a lovely walk spoiled by something that should not have been there

Anonymous, 10/Jan/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Great day out Get away from the car park and enjoy the peace and probably some of the best views in the country.

Tim, 28/Sep/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

This'll be our 5th visit, we love it. All the way from Dorset, we visit Devon twice a year and the bike trails are never missed. A great facility for all levels of ability. Do it once and you'll return again and again.

Graham, 13/Mar/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Lovely day. Kids really enjoyed the Gruffalo trail and the play areas. Clean toilets, great picnic benches and yummy takeaway coffee. Spectacular views. Can't wait to explore more.

Kirstin, 31/Oct/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Excellent day out, teenagers really enjoyed Go Ape, and everybody else just enjoyed the environment.Lots of little ones just running and enjoying the outdoors

Arthur Anderson, 28/Oct/2014

Are you going to run the Stickman trail at Christmas?

Jane Self, 5/Oct/2014

Hello there. We won't be running the Stick Man trail this Christmas. We do however have the Gruffalo's Child trail running all over the festive period until the end of Feb 15.

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Yes I agree was dangerous having the gruffao trail on a cycle path for my three year who was walking, thought there would of been designated cycle paths -

apart from that loved it and can't wait to return.

c, 12/Sep/2014

Thanks for your comments. The Gruffalo's Child trail takes a different route and hopefully there shouldn't be so much of a problems with bikes and walkers crossing paths.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Brilliant day out!!! Great access and paths!

Kids had fun and so did we :)

Kim, 20/Aug/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Brilliant day out!!! Great access and paths!

Kids had fun and so did we :)

Kim, 20/Aug/2014

Unnecessarily dangerous to have cycles sharing the same path as small children.

Anonymous, 19/Aug/2014

Thanks for your comment. We are currently looking at our trail network to try and come up with a solution to this problem.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Amazing mountain biking trails keeps you on your toes suitable for all abilities will always go back to challenge myself

Adrian Northcott, 29/Jul/2014
2 Stars 2 Stars

Today I spent what could have been a wonderful morning walking the 'Green Trail' with my four year old. What completely spoilt the experience was constantly having to dodge bicycles coming up (often at great speed) behind us. I spent most of the walk with my head swivelled backwards because it was hard to hear bikes coming in time to get my child out of the way. Eventually I stopped enjoying the walk and it became a matter of needing to finish walking the path as quickly as possible for fear of an accident happening. The Gruffalo trail was brilliant and it would have been wonderful to take the time to follow the directions on the posters - but not at the risk of being knocked down. Speeding bicycles and small children sharing a path doesn't work.

Anonymous, 23/Jul/2014

We are sorry that you had a bad experience. We are currently looking at our network of trails in the hope of finding a solution to this issue.

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