Visitor information

Explore our woodland trails on foot or horseback at Harcombe, part of Haldon Forest south of Exeter

The woods are a world of new adventure for everyone, so visit Harcombe and see what you discover. 

At a glance

  • Walking 
  • Horse riding 
  • Dogs welcome

Things to do

Harcombe is a short distance away from the main Haldon Forest Park car park and offers a waymarked riding trail. For access to the designated de-boxing car park, please contact Haldon Rangers at haldon.rangers@forestryengland.uk for the gate code. Once you are registered with us, you can ride whenever you like. You do not need a permit to ride at Harcombe. 

Riders are welcome to bring their dogs, but please keep them in sight and close by. For happy times and waggy tails, read our guidance for dogs in the forest.

The waymarked trail and forest road network are accessed from the horsebox car park via a horse stile. Riders are not restricted to the waymarked trail, but we ask you to stay on the stone surfaced tracks and be aware that Harcombe is used by other visitors.

For more information on our facilities, opening times and contact details, please see our visitor information.

Walking is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes, including some of Haldon Forest's special lowland heath. 

Explore the woodland on a range of grassy and gravel paths at Harcombe. Please keep to the tracks and keep dogs out of the undergrowth to help protect our ground nesting birds and other wildlife.

Nearby forests

Autumn viewpoint at Haldon Forest Park

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. 

Sunlight shining through woodland scenery

Kenton Common is part of Haldon Forest, surrounded by beautiful Devon villages. 


sunlight through conifers along woodland path

Part of Haldon Forest, Chalet has a range of forest paths for you to explore. Enjoy mixed habitats of gorse and heath among the conifer and broadleaf trees.

Chalet is part of the Haldon Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the diversity of plant and animal life here. Bring your binoculars and see what you can spot.

Panorama of a forest with heathland foreground

With a variety of trees, beautiful scenery and gravel paths, Dawlish Waterworks provides the perfect setting for an adventure. Keep your eyes and ears sharp as there are lots of opportunities for nature watching. 

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