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Discover panoramic views of Exmouth at Mamhead, south of Exeter

Just five minutes from both the A38 and A380, Mamhead is a perfect sanctuary for a dog walk, family stroll, or just to enjoy some peace. 

Make up your own route or choose from two waymarked walks to be rewarded with breathtaking views over the Exe estuary and along to the Jurassic Coast.

At a glance

  • Wellbeing trail trail 
  • Stunning views
  • Dogs welcome

Things to do

Enjoy this all-ability walking trail which takes you along flat, well surfaced tracks.

Here you will discover one of the finest views of Devon on this level, fully surfaced trail.

There are two loops of 1 and 1.5 miles that start from and return to the car park. There are several resting points along the way.


Going for a sensory walk helps you get outside, be active and connect with nature.

Mamhead Wood's Sensory Walk is an easy one mile route around the woods suitable for all abilities. With a wide, flat, hard-packed gravel surface, this route is great in all weather. The route is over various flat hard surfaces and suitable for wheelchairs. 

Before you visit, you may wish to download the Making Walks Sensory toolkit produced by Sense which contains advice on planning walks and some suggested sensory activities. It’s the perfect companion for a sensory walk!

You can access all the Sensory Walks by downloading the free OS Maps app. To find out more about the OS Maps app, discover more Sensory Walks across England, and to download the Making Walks Sensory toolkit visit the Sense website.

Spending time amongst the trees and really noticing nature is scientifically proven to boost our mental and physical health. Follow the trail to take a mindful walk through the forest that invites you to really relax. 

What to expect 

Themed panels along the trail will invite you to pause, notice and connect with the forest environment around you. 

A forest wellbeing journal is also available to help you get even more benefit from the experience, offering additional mindful things to do while you’re out in the forest and at home.  

Get your copy at nearby Haldon Forest Park (10 minutes away) or download your forest wellbeing journal before you visit.  

About the route 

The wellbeing trail at Mamhead is a 1 mile/1.6km route around the woods on a wide, flat, smooth, hard packed gravel surface. The trail is suitable for all weather and for wheelchairs and buggies.

Dogs are welcome at Mamhead. Please follow our doggy code and clear up after your dog. Bins are provided in the car park.

This trail is supported by Sport England using National Lottery funding.

Nearby forests

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.

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

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. 

Shaded walking trail in Stoke Woods, Exeter

Located north of Exeter, Stoke Woods is a great place to get in touch with nature. Stoke Woods is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and has large areas of ancient woodland, making it a very special wildlife haven at the edge of the city.

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


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