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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

Latest News (17/09/2018 14:01)

Forest Operations starting Monday 3rd September


Felling operations are taking place at Haldon.

Many of our trails will be disrupted during this time including the Highway Rat trail and the Snark hunter App.

!! Area Closure !!!
Please note that tomorrow (18th September) the 'Bullers Hill' area, The space where the GoApe cabin is located will be CLOSED due to felling work.
The Gruffalo, Play Area, Picnic benches etc. are all CLOSED.
Please follow all signage, as this is for your safety, and the safety of our staff.
Many Thanks for your co-operation.

Please call us on 0300 067 5826 before visiting to avoid dissapointment.

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.

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Want to be in for the chance to WIN £200 of Cotswold Outdoor vouchers? Fill out our short survey about how you’ve got active in Haldon forest and you’ll be entered into the prize draw.

Planning your visit 

Find out about our facilities, accessibility, parking charges and opening hours.

Highway Rat Activity Trail

The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life at Haldon Forest. From the 8 December, head on a journey with the Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. Packs will be avaliable from the rangers office for just £3.

Due to Forest Operations the Highway Rat Activity Trail will be CLOSED Monday-Fridays from Monday 3rd September for the next few weeks. We apologise for any dissapointment caused.


Snarkhunter is a new adventure game phone app for use at Haldon Forest Park, available to download for free at Apple App and Android Play Stores. Through forest based interactive games and activities you can experience the original story of The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll.

Due to Forest Operations the Snarkhunter App trail will be CLOSED Monday-Fridays from Monday 3rd September for the next few weeks. We apologise for any dissapointment caused.

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 Butterfly Trail, a more challenging walk but with the potential to discover some rare butterflies in the peaceful depths of the forest.

Amazing Bike Trails

The Discovery, Spicers and Kiddens 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 Tree Top Adventure 

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor! Fly down zip-wires, leap off tarzan swings and tackle a variety of obstacles whilst enjoying breathtaking scenery. Min age 10yrs and min height 1.4m. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Tree Top Adventure.

Go Ape Tree Top Junior is a jam-packed hour of wobbly bridges, intricate crossings and an awesome zip wire finale. It's designed with the whole family in mind. The perfect high ropes course for kids as well as mum, dad and the grandparents. If you're looking for family fuelled fun, challenge each other to see who can cross the tree tops in style – we’re talking backwards, no hands, the works! Are you ready? Let's do it. Suitable for those over 1m/3ft 3" tall.

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.

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 Personal Transporters! 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.

The segway experience is now also available at Cann Woods, near Plymouth. Find out more.

The Ridge Cafe

Open every day except Christmas Day serving a delicious range of meals and snacks. Call 01392 832531 for more information and bookings. You can also find them on Facebook


What do other visitors say?

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
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Last updated: 8th September 2018

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle wash
  • Dogs
  • Hi-Rope
  • Horse riding
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Segway
  • Walking
  • Viewpoint
  • Toliets
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Peak (weekends, bank holidays and school holidays)
    Up to 2 hours 4
    2-4 hours 5
    4+ hours 7
    Off Peak (Mon-Fri school term time)
    Up to 2 hours 3
    2-4 hours 4
    4+ Hours 5
    Coaches (all vehicles with over 20 seats)
    Day Rate 15
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SX884849
Postcode: EX6 7XR

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Haldon Forest Park
Ranger's Office
0300 067 5826

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
April to October: 8.30am-Dusk
October to April: 8.30am-5pm (Late opening Tues-Thurs Gate locked at 8.30pm)
Closed christmas day
Peak (weekends, bank holidays and school holidays)
Up to 2 hours 4
2-4 hours 5
4+ hours 7
Off Peak (Mon-Fri school term time)
Up to 2 hours 3
2-4 hours 4
4+ Hours 5
Coaches (all vehicles with over 20 seats)
Day Rate 15
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