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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

Latest News (13/02/2018 12:25)

Trail Disruption Winter 2018:

Please see below for planned trail closures at Haldon. If you are making a special visit please contact us on 0300 067 5826 before you travel.  
Trail Maintenance Work
Starting on Monday 5th February, Spicers Trail (light blue) will be closed for approximately three weeks. This is to allow for re-surfacing work to take place.

Forestry Operations

The Ridge Ride Extreme (Black) cycle trail is currently closed. This is awaiting repairs following the recent forest operations.

Discovery Trail (Highway Rat Trail) From 26th February we expect forest operations to take place on the second half on the Discovery Trail (after the second road crossing). This will be closed on weekdays for approximately two weeks.

Please check our facebook page for up to date information and call us on 0300 067 5826 before you travel.

Thank you for your patience.

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.

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.

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 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: 22nd January 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


OS Grid ref: SX884849
Postcode: EX6 7XR

Get directions


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
Discovery Pass
Regular visitors can save money with a Discovery Pass. 35 for a whole years parking plus a range of other benefits. Available to purchase online or at the Rangers Office.

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