GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Haldon Forest Park Walks and Mountain Biking

2 miles (3.5 km)

Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this 3500 acre forest near Exeter. The cycling trails are well laid out and colour coded according to difficulty. There is a nice easy trail named the 'Discovery Trail' which is well surfaced and great for families looking for a safe ride or for walkers looking for a pleasant stroll. It has fun features for childrenand takes in some stunning views over Exeter and Dartmoor.
The blue Challenge trail is a moderate mountain bike trail with a combination of surfaces, some narrow sections and gentle gradients for intermediate cyclists. More experienced riders can try the red graded 'Ridge Ride Trail' which isa technical, fast and flowing trail with tight corners and lively descents to test your reflexes. Bike hire is available from Forest Cycle Hire. Walkers can enjoy a number of waymarked trails of varying lengths and difficulty. The Butterfly Trail is a three mile circular walk with views across the forest and over the Teign valley. There's also the Mamhead Sensory Trail, an easy 1.5 miles trail with breathtaking views over the Exe estuary to the Jurassic Coast.
The Raptor Trail and Tree Trail offer more challenging walks with some steep climbs.
Haldon Forest Park is located about 6 miles south west of Exeter town centre.
At the northern end of the forest you will find Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle). The site is used as wedding venue but is also open to the public on certain days. The fine looking castle dates from 1788 and is surrounded by some the lovely grounds and gardens. See the Doddiscombsleigh Walk for more details.


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There's a good on site cafe selling a range of snacks and meals. They have an outdoor area with plenty of tables so you can sit outside and enjoy your refreshments with views of the woods.

Dog Walking

The woodland trails are ideal for dog walking so you will probably bump into several other pets with their owners.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A few miles west of the forest you'll find the lovely Kennick Reservoir and the Trenchford and Tottiford Reservoirs . There are some nice waterside trails and more woodland paths to try here.
To the south west there's the picturesque Canonteign Falls. There's beautiful lakes and waterfalls to be found in this fine country park.
On the southern fringes of the forest you'll find more pleasant trails on Ideford Common. There's some attractive woodland, heathland and grassland here with the opportunity to spot Dartford Warblers and nightjars.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dartmoor Walks and Devon Walks pages.


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Looking from the car park near Mamhead across a road down into the Dawlish Water valley to a track through the forest.

Play trail, Haldon Forest Park - - 238849

Play trail, Haldon Forest Park. The resurfaced track runs from Buller Hill towards the Bird of Prey viewpoint. Marketing has been at work here, quite successfully. The slogan for the Park, which appears on the reverse of this banner, is "Naturally good for you".

Junction of tracks, Haldon Forest Park - - 1652027

A Junction of snow covered tracks in January 2010. Below slender pines, coppiced ash and sycamore glow in the afternoon winter sun.

Mountain-biking couple, Haldon Forest Park - - 1652002

Two mountain bikers make their way along a snowy track in the forest.

Picnics, Bird of Prey viewpoint, Haldon Forest Park - - 1652059

Picnics at the Bird of Prey viewpoint. From this maintained viewpoint you can look out for the rare goshawk, as well as hobby, sparrowhawk, buzzard and kestrel.

Bench with a view, Haldon Forest Park - - 1429578

Bench with a view, Haldon Forest Park

Ridge Cafe and picnic area, Haldon Forest Park - - 1429274

Ridge Cafe and picnic area, Haldon Forest Park

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Buller's Hill. The road along Haldon ridge passes the cycle / pedestrian crossing from the new Haldon Forest car park) a few yards away through the pines on the right) to the King's Road track on the north (left) side of the road.


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