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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.4/5)

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

Gruffalo Spotters at Haldon Forest Park

From 21st February, follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details for Haldon Forest Park

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 www.forestcyclehire.co.uk.

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 www.facebook.com/ridgecafehaldon

Haldon Events

Haldon Events is a new collaboration of Haldon’s site partners offering tailored activity days, perfect if you are looking to hold a corporate event, team building sessions or staff days out.

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 July 2017

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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
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    Off Peak (Mon-Fri school term time)
    Up to 2 hours 3
    2-4 hours 4
    4+ Hours 5
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    Coaches (all vehicles with over 20 seats)
    Day Rate 15
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Location

OS Grid ref: SX884849
Postcode: EX6 7XR

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Contact

Haldon Forest Park
Ranger's Office
0300 067 5826
haldon.rangers@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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
Parking
Peak (weekends, bank holidays and school holidays)
Up to 2 hours 4
2-4 hours 5
4+ hours 7
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Off Peak (Mon-Fri school term time)
Up to 2 hours 3
2-4 hours 4
4+ Hours 5
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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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