Visitor information

Forestry England's flagship woodland in the south west, just 15 minutes from Exeter and Newton Abbot

Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park. Only 15 minutes from Exeter and Newton Abbot just off the A38, Haldon Forest Park is perfect place for great value days out with kids, friends, or family. 

Haldon Forest Park offers a range of walking and cycling trails to suit all abilities, as well as orienteering courses, treetop rope course, and so much more just waiting to be discovered. If you’re looking to entertain the family, get active, rediscover your connection with nature, or just make unforgettable memories, look no further than Haldon Forest Park.

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At a glance

Cycle trail update: n weekdays Spicers is closed and there is a diversion on the Ridge Ride. For weekends, Ridge Ride is fully open and Spicers is open with a diversion.
15/05/2024 08:07
A woman is riding a Tramper next to a walker

Explore Haldon Forest Park with an off-road mobility vehicle

Visitors with permanent or temporary limited mobility can hire one of our three Trampers through the Countryside Mobility Scheme. You do not have to be registered disabled to hire a Tramper. Trampers are off-road mobility scooters, which are easy to use and able to tackle a range of surfaces and gradients come rain or shine.

What's on

Forest event
Tuesday 28 May 2024
10:00am to 3:30pm
Bullers Hill picnic area - follow the signs from the car park

Join us with your four-legged family members to celebrate all things dog!

Explore exciting stalls, have a go at activities, and try your paw in our charity dog show. Make a day of...

Forest event
Thursday 30 May
Sessions from 10:00am
Please arrive at the Info Pod a few minutes before your session where our Learning Ranger will collect you
Join our Rangers for a fun activity session for the whole family to learn all about the fascinating and mysterious nightjars that live in Haldon Forest Park!

The nightjar is a...

Forest event
8 weeks starting Tuesday 11 June
Tuesdays at 12:00pm
Meet at the Visitor Info Pod

Join instructor Helen from the Exeter School of Tai Chi for 8 weeks of tuition in the stunning setting of Haldon Forest Park. 

Suitable for beginners only, it is free to those...

Forest event
13 weeks starting Monday 9 September
9:00am for around 60 minutes
Meet at the Visitor Info Pod

Join running leaders Paul and Ronni on a 13 week journey from zero to completing a community park run event.

Suitable for beginners only, it is free to those aged over 50 thanks...

Food and drink

A timber building is visible through cheery trees in leaf. People are sitting at a picnic table.

The Ridge Cafe

Refuel at the Ridge Cafe, serving a range of freshly prepared light bites and drinks every day.

The Gruffalo is turning 25! To celebrate, everyone is invited to take part in a brand-new forest adventure.

What to expect

The interactive family trail features all sorts of...

Whether you’re looking for play and adventure or a bit of peace and quiet to observe the wildlife, Haldon Forest Park has the perfect walking trail for you. Choose from an...

Whether you've just bought your first bike, or you're happy shredding through rock gardens, Haldon Forest Park offers fantastic natural cycling and progression for your off-road...

Haldon Forest Park's most popular trail is ideal for walkers, beginner cyclists of all ages, children's balance bikes, and novice runners. The surfaced trail has regular resting...

Our work

A young nightjar on the ground

Our work at Haldon Forest Park

Haldon Forest Park is not just one of Devon’s most loved outdoor destinations, it sits within 1500 hectares of working forest that stretches across the Haldon Hills. Since the 1920s, Haldon Forest has been managed by Forestry England to grow timber for the nation. It has also become a special place for nature and includes a large Site of Special Scientific Interest. Find out how our dedicated recreation and forest management teams care for Haldon Forest.
A woman in a red coat with hood up carries a child, wearing a red rain suit, along a forest path

Trail maps at Haldon Forest Park

Walking, running, cycling and horse riding. Plan your visit and download the map you need.

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Panoramic view from Mamhead towards the Exe Estuary

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Birch tree blocking out the sun with winding branches

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Explore this mixed woodland which is home to...

River and conifer trees

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