Grade of Trail:
Length of trail:3 miles
The Butterfly Trail is a circular walk, which, in places gives you stunning views across the forest and over the Teign valley.
The three mile waymarked route takes you down to the butterfly area, and as the name suggests this area is managed especially for butterflies!
Throughout the year Forestry Commission staff, in conjunction with Butterfly Conservation, monitors and manages the area to provide ideal conditions for the many butterfly species recorded here.
Bracken is allowed to dominate some of the open areas as, here on Haldon, this provides the perfect conditions for one of Britain's rarest butterflies, the pearl bordered fritillary.
Thanks to the management carried out here this butterfly has established a good strong population making it an important site for this drastically declining species.
Over 30 species of butterfly have been recorded within this small area.
What do other visitors say?
1 StarAnonymous, 22/Dec/2016
Trail desperately needs distance markers so you kbow how far it is back to the car park.
5 StarsThe three bears, 11/Sep/2016
Our 4 year old ran around the whole walk, great views, took just under two hours to complete. Plenty of spots to stop for a picnic or take in the views. The final ascent took it out of the wife I found it best to run and hide from her
3 StarsTessa, 29/May/2016
It was a lovely walk. But didn't expect the steep hill all the back up to the car park,