Haldon Forest Park

Type:Parks & Gardens

Bullers Hill, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7XR

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Images 1, 3 and 4 credit to Simon Stuart-Miller Photography.

Haldon Forest Park is made up of 3,500 acres of woodland, just 15 minutes from Devon’s county town of Exeter. Open 364 days a year, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Enjoy expansive views, exhilarating mountain biking, tree top adventures and more.

What will you discover?

Choose from our three well-surfaced and waymarked walking trails, perfect for solitude seekers, hiking enthusiasts, and keen photographers. Each route sets out from the forest hub, conveniently close to the car park and other facilities. The all abilities Discovery Trail is a firm family favourite with plenty of natural play for little ones and seated viewing points along the route. Meander along pine-scented footpaths and through rhododendron thickets to be continuously greeted by expansive views across Exeter and towards Dartmoor. For a gentle half mile walk, begin the Discovery Trail in reverse from the car park. Follow the loop around the fringe of the Bullers Hill play and picnic area, and return to the car park.

For a more challenging walk, the Raptor Trail guides explorers through the heart of the forest’s varied wildlife habitat, taking in the Bird of Prey viewpoint. The Butterfly Trail offers the greatest peace as it roams down into the valley to Haldon’s butterfly conservation meadow. The uphill return passes some of Haldon’s tallest trees on the way back into the dense conifers for a steep climb back to the cafe.

Fully accessible trails

The walking trails and network of forest roads can all be accessed with our capable off-road mobility vehicles. Trampers are available to hire through the Countryside Mobility Scheme to anyone aged over 14 years with temporary or permanent limited mobility. There is no need to be registered disabled. Pre-booking is essential so our team can arrange your COVID-secure welcome and induction.

Bringing your four-legged family members?

Haldon is full of sights and smells for dogs to enjoy all year round! Please make sure all dogs have a good recall or use a lead if not. Dogs are welcome on all walking trails and in the visitor hub. Some of our picnic tables have dog tethers so you can relax with your hands free. Doggy drinking water is available next to the visitor toilets.

Revel in the simple pleasure of pedal power with waymarked cycling trails for all abilities through immersive conifers and open heath. The Discovery Trail (shared with walkers) is the perfect route for gaining confidence on level terrain and enjoying a sedate cycle. The Spicers Trail introduces some narrow sections, varied surfaces, and slight gradients for riders who have mastered their balance, turns, and safe braking. There is plenty of scope to progress and stretch those skills on the more challenging Kiddens and Ridge Ride Trails. The friendly team at Forest Cycle Hire offers a wide range of adults’ and children’s mountain bikes, as well as recumbent bicycles, trikes, e-bikes and tag-a-longs. Discounts are available to visitors aged over 55. Every rental includes a helmet and induction to guarantee a great day’s riding. Pre-booking is recommended.

To explore the forest in a totally different way, glide effortlessly through the trees on a guided Segway tour. No experience is necessary, but age and weight restrictions apply. Pre-booking is essential with www.go-segway.com. When you’ve seen Haldon from the ground, why not enjoy the view from the tree tops? Go Ape offers a choice of two rope course experiences and the team prides itself on making adventures as accessible as possible. Find out more and book direct at www.goape.co.uk

After all that activity you are going to need somewhere to refuel.

The Ridge Cafe is ready to welcome you, serving a delicious range of cakes, breakfasts, and lunches seven days a week. In line with COVID guidelines, the seasonal menu is offered as takeaway only. Prefer a picnic? Choose from one of our picnic tables or throw a blanket down under your favourite tree. Help yourself to our free water refill station in the visitor hub for your reusable bottles.

For any help while visiting Haldon Forest, look out for our team in green. Our Visitor Services Assistants have completed training in providing great service for disabled customers and look forward to welcoming you. The duty ranger phone number is posted in the window of the Rangers Office if you need immediate assistance (the Rangers Office is closed due to COVID).

Click here for our COVID-19 Visitors Guide

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Open now
  • Outside seating
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Queuing system
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Cater for groups
  • Dogs Accepted

Payment Methods

  • Free Entry

Target Markets

  • Special provisions for cyclists

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Travelling by car on the A38 turn off at the exit for Exeter Racecourse (there are no slip roads for this turning). Follow the signs for Haldon Forest Park. The car park is signposted further along the road on the left.

Our postcode for SatNav is EX6 7XR. Make sure you look out for the roadside banners directing you to the car park. Please do not drive up the first entrance labelled 'Office Car Park'.

Public Transport Directions

Haldon Forest Park is served by Stagecoach Bus 39. View the timetable.

Monday - Saturday, the nearest bus stop is at Exeter Racecourse (1 mile away). The Exeter Racecourse stop is between the ‘Countess Wear Roundabout’ and ‘Chudleigh Memorial’ and is just opposite the Route 5 restaurant on the A38 dual carriageway.

Please note there is no bus stop on the opposite side of the dual carriage way. To return to Exeter City Centre from the Racecourse you have to get on a 39 bus to Chudleigh Memorial and change there to get on another 39 bus back to the city centre.

Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday07:00 - 21:00

* Closed Christmas Day

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