GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Mamhead Sensory Trail

2 miles (2.8 km)

This circular walk follows the Mamhead Sensory Trail in Haldon Forest Park.
The popular family trail runs for about 1.5 miles along a well maintained path. You can start off at the free Mamhead car park where there's also a picnic area. On the walk you'll pass the photogenic Mamhead obelisk and enjoy some great views to Exmouth from the elevated position of the wood.
Just to the east of the trail there's also the historic Mamhead House to see. It's Grade I listed and dates back to 1827.


EX6 8HG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Mamhead Sensory Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Mamhead Sensory Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


There's often a coffee van in the car park where you can pick up hot drinks and food after your exercise.

Dog Walking

As you'd imagine the woodland paths are great for dog walking. You'll probably see other owners on a fine weekend day.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

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.
Just a few miles to the south west you'll find some more pleasant trails around Ideford Common. There's some attractive woodland, heathland and grassland here with the opportunity to spot Dartford Warblers and nightjars.


Mamhead Point, view to the Exe and Dawlish - - 120283

Mamhead Point, view to the Exe and Dawlish. The viewpoint is by the obelisk in Mamhead Forest Park. Altitude 240 metres. The mouth of the Exe is due east.

Mamhead, obelisk - - 2880045

Mamhead, obelisk

Old boundary wall, in Obelisk Plantation - - 1290951

Old boundary wall, in Obelisk Plantation

Stand of conifers near Mamhead Point - - 814929

Stand of conifers near Mamhead Point. Seen from the viewpoint across a clearing filling with bracken, the plantation descends the eastern slopes of Haldon.

Picnic area, Haldon Forest Park - - 814745

Picnic area near the car park, Haldon Forest Park

Approaching Mamhead Forest Walks Car Park - - 2880150

Approaching Mamhead Forest Walks Car Park

Path, to Colleywell Bottom - - 1290631

Path, to Colleywell Bottom

Mamhead Castle - - 54593

Mamhead Castle. This building housed the servants' quarters for Mamhead House. Despite appearances, it dates from the 1820s/30s. According to Pevsner's guide, it included a brewhouse, and beer was supplied by gravity to the house, which is to the east (and in the adjacent grid-square)


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