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

Opening hours

Stoke Woods offers 24 our access, 365 days a year. 

How to find us

How to find us
Stoke Woods , Pennsylvania Road car park, Exeter
Sat Nav Postcode: EX4 5BN
By Car

Head north from Exeter along the A396 Tiverton road and approximately one mile after Cowley Bridge you will see a right turn in to the signposted car park. Access is also available 1km on from the Skirmish Paintball centre where another signposted car park is available.

By Public Transport

155 Bus route Exeter – Tiverton. Please see here for more information. 

OS Grid Ref

50.751876686829, -3.52611756036

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Stoke Woods. 

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Facilities and access

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area

Contact details

Escape the hustle and bustle of Exeter city centre with a visit to Stoke Woods

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.


At a glance 

  • River Exe viewpoints
  • Wild woodland trails

Things to do

Stoke Woods offers a real sense of seclusion despite being only 2 miles from Exeter City Centre. Enjoy stunning views of the River Exe and a labyrinth of paths exploring this renowned ancient woodland.

The site is a sanctuary for many species and is designated a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) making it a real haven for wildlife. We work in partnership with several organisations to ensure the mammal and bird life and their special habitats are maintained and improved.

Parking areas are located off Pennsylvania Road and Stoke Road.

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.

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.

Child happily play running through grass

West of Exeter, Chalet provides a range of forest paths for you to explore, through gorse and heath as well as conifers and broad-leaved trees. The area is part of a 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, maybe you'll catch a glimpse of the elusive nightjar.

Horse riding on gravel tracks

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

Sunlight shining through woodland scenery

Take in the views over Exmouth at Kenton Common, part of Haldon Forest, south of Exeter.

The nearby village of Kenton boasts a beautiful 14th century church, built in the traditional Devonian style. Go for a woodland walk at Kenton Common and nip into the village for a bite to eat at the pub, and admire the historic church. Treat your four legged friend to their own adventure and bring them along for the fun as well! 

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