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

Opening hours

The forest is open 7.00am - 9.00pm every day except Christmas Day. The Info Pod is staffed daily 10.00am - 4.00pm.

Weekdays

Monday
Opening hours 7am - 9pm
Tuesday
Opening hours 7am - 9pm
Wednesday
Opening hours 7am - 9pm
Thursday
Opening hours 7am - 9pm
Friday
Opening hours 7am - 9pm

Weekends

Saturday
Opening hours 7am - 9pm
Sunday
Opening hours 7am - 9pm

How to find us

How to find us
Bullers Hill, Kennford, Exeter
Sat Nav Postcode: EX6 7XR
By Car

Travelling by car on the A38, turn off at the exit for Exeter Racecourse (there are no slip roads for this turning). Follow the signs for Haldon Forest Park. The nearest postcode for sat nav is EX6 7XR but look out for the roadside banners directing you to the car park. The most accurate way to find our car park is using What3Words chuck.kicks.ruffling.

By Public Transport

 

The forest park is not served directly by local buses. Some services stop within walking distance but the walk is mostly on the highway as there are no footpaths.

Country Bus 360 stops close to Haldon Belvedere. The stop is approx. 0.25 mile from our walking trail network. The forest park facilities are a 1 mile walk along the Raptor and Discovery trails.

Stagecoach Bus 39 and X38 stop at Exeter Racecourse (1 mile away). The return stop is at Winning Post Service Station.

Stagecoach Bus 7 stops at the Haldon Grill on the A380 (2.5 miles away).

 

OS Grid Ref
SX 884 849

50.65248799528, -3.5803129616241

Parking and prices

Pay for your parking with debit/credit card or use the RingGo app. We recommend downloading the app to your phone before you visit.

You can also use RingGo by pre-booking online or calling 0203 046 0063 with location code 31027 (cars and minibuses).

There is a small convenience charge for using this service.  See RingGo online for full terms and conditions and VAT receipts.

Haldon Forest Park members park for free. Buy your Membership now for £40 and simply display your pass in your vehicle without queuing for a ticket. Parking charges and memberships help us to look after Haldon Forest Park for everyone.

Please do not block gateways. Operational and emergency access is required at all times.

Parking Charges

Charges at peak times (weekends, school holidays, bank holidays)
Up to 2 hours £4.00
Up to 4 hours £6.00
All day £8.00
Charges at off-peak times (weekdays in term time only)
Up to 2 hours £3.00
Up to 4 hours £4.00
All day £6.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Coach          £17.00 (£12 off-peak)

Minibus       £12.00 (£10 off-peak)

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 5
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Disabled parking available
Pay by phone available
Pay on foot system

Facilities and access

The Ridge Cafe is open daily. 

If you have limited mobility (short or long term, for any reason), why not hire one of our three Trampers through the Countryside Mobility Scheme? You do not have to be registered disabled to hire a Tramper.

Haldon Forest Park is often quieter on weekdays, earlier in the morning, and later in the afternoon.

For more information about Haldon Forest Park to help you plan your visit, take a look at our accessibility guide:

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Bike wash
Bird hide
Cafe
Cycle hire
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Information point
Picnic area
Play Area
Ranger's Office
Toilets
Tramper/Mobility Scooter hire
Wildlife hide

Contact details

3,500 acres of woodland just 15 minutes from Exeter

Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park.

Haldon Forest offers a range of walking and cycling trails to suit all abilities, as well as a pump loop, cycle skills area, orienteering courses and so much more just waiting to be discovered.

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Trampers at Bedgebury

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.

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.

With miles of off-road routes for you to enjoy, escape the stuffy gym, embrace the fresh air and get fit where you can be inspired by stunning natural surroundings.

Supported by Sport England and using National Lottery funding, the network of marked trails make running through the forest more accessible, so you can feel confident to just hit the trails and enjoy all the benefits of being active outdoors.

Pick up a handy pocket map from the Info Pod for £1 or take a photo of the map board in the visitor hub.

Discover the small but mighty creatures in the much-loved story and learn about the everyday heroic feats of minibeasts in the forest.

The new self-led trail features brightly illustrated panels and a trail pack full of fun activities, including your very own mask.

Set off with Superworm and become a forest superhero!

Superworm lasso a trail activity pack!

What superhero antics will you pull off in your forest superhero mask?

Inside the Superworm trail pack you’ll find:

Kraft bag to colour in Forest superhero mask 7 creature facts cards Activity sheet to complete at home Stickers Pencil and crayon Trail leaflet

To keep visitors and our staff safe we are asking that people make contactless payments when buying their trail activity packs.

Follow the trail

The trail should keep the young ones entertained for around an hour leaving plenty of time to find more fun and explore the forest. 

Share your experiences and photos with #SuperwormTrail

© 2012 & TM Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Whether you're looking for play and adventure or a bit of peace and quiet to observe the wildlife, we've got a trail for you.

For visitors with reduced mobility, we have three Trampers available to hire that are capable on the Discovery, Raptor and Butterfly trails.

Whether you've just bought your first bike, or you're happy shredding through rock gardens, Haldon Forest Park offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling. Situated just outside of Exeter, the trails give beautiful views back across the city and the surrounding countryside.

For riders with reduced fitness or mobility, contact our cycle hire partner for details of specialist options, including electrically assisted bikes. All cycle hire is heavily discounted for over 55s.

Nearby forests

Panoramic view from Mamhead towards the Exe Estuary

Located a short drive from Haldon Forest Park, Mamhead provides the perfect place for you to walk your canine friend, take a family stroll and enjoy some peace. 

Follow the all-ability trail to be rewarded with breathtaking views over the Exe estuary and along to the Jurassic Coast.

Birch tree blocking out the sun with winding branches

Once part of the Stover Estate, Great Plantation is located just north of the market town of Newton Abbot in the heart of South Devon.

Come and explore this mixed woodland which is home to roe deer, woodland birds and the rare pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly. 

River and conifer trees

Enjoy the tranquility of a picnic by the East Dart river or an exhilarating walk up to Bellever Tor to take in the stunning views. Explore the forest itself and discover a wealth of wildlife, archaeology and grazing Dartmoor ponies.

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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