Harcombe horse riding trails at Haldon Forest Park

Visitor Information
Visitor Information: Haldon Forest Park
  • Opening Hours
  • How to find us
  • Parking and Prices
  • Facilities and access
  • Contact Details

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Open every day except Christmas Day. Summer opening times are listed below.  

Weekdays

Monday
Opening hours 08.30-dusk
Tuesday
Opening hours 08.30-dusk
Wednesday
Opening hours 08.30-dusk
Thursday
Opening hours 08.30-dusk
Friday
Opening hours 08.30-dusk

Weekends

Saturday
Opening hours 08.30-dusk
Sunday
Opening hours 08.30-dusk
How to find us

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 Haldon car park is signposted further along the road on the left. For the Mamhead car park follow the signs for Mamhead and Starcross from the A380.

Our postcode for SatNav is EX6 7XR. Make sure you look out for the Haldon blue banners directing you to the car park. Please do not drive up the first entrance labelled 'Office Car Park'.

By Public Transport

The nearest bus stop is at Exeter Racecourse (1 mile away). Take Bus 39 from Exeter Bus Station.

The Exeter Racecourse stop is between the ‘Countess Wear Roundabout’ and ‘Chudleigh Memorial’ and is just opposite the Route 5 restaurant on the A38 dual carriage way.

Please note there is no bus stop on the opposite side of the dual carriage way. To return to Exeter City Centre from the Racecourse you have to get on a 39 bus to Chudleigh Memorial and change there to get on another 39 bus back to the city centre.

OS Grid Ref
SX 884 849

50.651369, -3.582448

Parking and Prices

Parking and Prices

Parking charges apply - please note Discovery Pass holders park for free.  Buy your pass now for £35.  

Please refrain from parking on the main road as it causes a dangerous obstruction to visitors, road users and emergency vehicles.

 

Parking Charges

Charges at peak times (weekends, school holidays, bank holidays)
Up to 2 hours £4.00
Up to 4 hours £5.00
All day £7.00
Charges at off-peak times (weekdays in term time only)
Up to 2 hours £3.00
Up to 4 hours £4.00
All day £5.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Coaches - £15.00

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money with a Discovery Pass - Find out more about the discovery pass
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Disabled parking available
Pay by phone available
Facilities and access

Facilities and access

Hire a mobility scooter

We have two Trampers, off-road mobility scooters, to hire at Haldon as part of the Countryside Mobility Scheme. The Trampers are available for hire between 10:00am and 3:00pm most days.

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Bike wash
Cafe
Cycle hire
Disabled toilet
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area
Play Area
Ranger's Office
Shower
Toilets
Tramper/Mobility Scooter hire

Harcombe horse riding trails

Harcombe is a short distance away from the main Haldon Forest Park car park. It offers a network of riding trails that include a quarter mile stretch for galloping.

Riders are welcome to bring their dogs, but please keep them under control, and please keep to the designated trails.

Haldon4Horses is a group of local riders who enjoy hacking through Haldon & Harcombe Woods. They work with the Forestry Commission on issues such as access into Harcombe, road signs, etc., as well as contributing towards the further development of Haldon for equestrian users. 

Do you have any concerns, ideas, or require information of where you can ride? Haldon4Horses would love to hear from you anitalpiper@googlemail.com, alanwscrombie@googlemail.com or deborahearcher@aol.com.

Trail Information

Horse riders are requested not to use the main pay and display car park, but instead to use the dedicated free car park. 

Booking essential
Please note the designated car park for horse riders is kept locked.  To access the car park to ‘de-box’ you will need to apply for the code by emailing: haldon.rangers@forestryengland.uk.
Trail Length
10 miles (16 km)