Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Eggesford Forest is open 365 days a year, dawn until dusk.

How to find us

How to find us

Eggesford Forest is located approximately five miles south of Chulmleigh. 

Eggesford Forest, Chulmleigh
Sat Nav Postcode: EX18 7LD
By Car

There are two main woods at Eggesford Forest: 

Hilltown Wood: on the A377 between Exeter and Barnstaple. The forest entrance is on the A377, one mile to the east of Eggesford Station - look for the Forest threshold signs.

Heywood: on the A377 between Exeter and Barnstaple. At Eggesford Station turn off the main A377 to Wembworthy/Winkleigh, turn right at the next junction and at the top of the hill take another right and follow this narrow road to Heywood - look for the Heywood threshold sign.

By Public Transport

By train: the Tarka Line runs between Exeter and Barnstaple. The train stops at Eggesford Station. Follow signs to the Eggesford Gardens and Country Centre and take the Public Footpath past All Saints Church and into Hilltown Wood.

OS Grid Ref
SS 6723 1192

50.882183394764, -3.85955551991

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Eggesford Forest. 

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Facilities and access

Walking trails are not waymarked.

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area

Contact details

Landline Number
0300 067 4800

Discover the great historic importance of Eggesford Forest today

Eggesford Forest is home to the very first trees planted by the newly created Forestry Commission in 1919 within Flashdown Wood.

Since then, the forest has continued to gather mementos of the past with several commemorative tree avenues, and a granite stone unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1956 to mark the millionth acre of Forestry Commission planting.

At a glance

  • Walking trails
  • Dogs welcome
  • Picnic area

Things to do

Enjoy a tasty treat at Eggesford Forest. Just bring along good food and company!

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests.

At Heywood there is a one and a half hour circular walk through attractive woodlands that also offers a small car park and an opportunity for cycling. The walk takes you past a veteran of the Eggesford Estate, the magnificent Douglas Fir planted in around 1840, and other conifers planted early in the Forestry Commission's history. You will also find the motte and bailey castle, all that remains of a once imposing Norman fort, now a scheduled ancient monument with stunning views.

Nearby forests

Hamsterley Grove Beck riverside

These beautiful woods with stunning walks have paths for all.

You can walk the Tarka Trail and follow the River Okement, or just wind your way through the woodland.

Abbeyford is also a great place to discover the changing colours of the seasons. On a walk through this beautiful wood you will see majestic Douglas fir trees, and pass through areas of autumnal gold beech trees alongside the banks of the Okement River.

Sunlight shining through woodland scenery

Come and walk Northcombe's circular forest road loop, starting from the parking area. The wide tracks with gentle gradients make for easy going walks or rides, with amazing views and lots to explore.

Reservoir surrounded by forest

Come and discover the Dartmoor story at Fernworthy. The open, windswept upland moors with wide views gives you a sense of space, perfect for reflecting, escape and creativity.

Escape the intrusions of modern life and see if you can find one of the many prehistoric sites in the area including the Fernworthy Cairn Circle and Fernworthy Assycombe Stone Row. 

Pack a picnic on a perfect summer day or wrap up warm and visit at night to see the night sky like never before. 

Shaded walking trail in Stoke Woods, Exeter

Located to the north of Exeter, Stoke Woods is a great place to have a break from city life and get in touch with nature.

Stretch your legs on our wild trails and visit some of the oldest and largest trees in Exeter.


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