Haldon Forest Park

Haldon Forest Park, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7XR

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Haldon Forest Park is made up of 3,500 acres of woodland, just 15 minutes from Exeter. Open 364 days a year, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. With miles of trails for walkers, runners, and cyclists, tree top adventures with Go Ape, on-site cycle hire, orienteering courses, Segway tours, and café, there’s something for everyone at Haldon Forest Park. What will you discover?

Group parking access is within the main car park within easy reach of all forest visitor facilities. Mini buses are welcome without prior booking. Coaches are advised to call ahead at busy times so that space can be reserved.

From easy-going trails to invigorating hikes, we have a trail for your group. Our all ability Discovery Trail is suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs, and mobility vehicles, with plenty of seating, amazing view points and play features for children along the way. For a more immersive wildlife experience, our longer trails take you deeper into the forest with rougher terrain and more challenging gradients.

Our choice of cycle trails offers something for all riders, from little ones riding their first bike, to downhill adrenalin junkies. Head out onto trails to suit all abilities and improve your technique on the Skills Area and Pump Loop.

Tramper hire
Visitors with reduced mobility or fitness can explore the forest with family and friends using our all-terrain mobility scooters. Visit countrysidemobility.org for more information or call 0300 0675826 to book. Full training is provided.

The whole forest is a playground but, if that’s not enough, we have play areas, a Discovery Trail packed with play features plus our popular Zog activity trail to enthral young visitors. For educational and school visits, contact helen.brown@forestryengland.uk for help creating the perfect curriculum-based trip.

Challenge yourself to a stunning high ropes course among the trees. Choose from the Treetop Challenge and Treetop Adventure. Booking is advised: Call 0845 643 9215 or visit goape.co.uk

Nordic walking
Walking with poles is a low impact way to boost your fitness in the forest. Introductory classes and regular sessions are run by qualified instructor, Fiona Swan. Visit nordicwalkingdevon.co.uk for more information.

Forest Cycle Hire
Our hire partners can provide bikes to suit the whole family, including tag-a-longs, child seats, electrically assisted bikes, and mobility trikes. All cycle hire is heavily discounted for over 55s and every hire includes a mandatory helmet. Call Forest Cycle Hire on 01392 833768.

Relax and refuel at The Ridge Café with a selection of homemade light bites and delicious cakes. Level access and a choice of indoor and outdoor seating ensure everyone can find the perfect spot to unwind.

Rest your legs and glide through the forest in style on a Segway safari. No experience is needed as full training will be provided. Contact: 01392 660239 or visit go-segway.com.

Test your map reading skills with graded orienteering courses for all levels of experience. Professionally designed by Devon Orienteering Club, the course at Haldon Forest is suitable for everyone from complete beginner to advanced orienteer. Maps can be purchased from the Ranger’s Office or downloaded for free from the British Orienteering website.

Accessible Haldon Forest
View a copy of Haldon Forest accessibility guide here.

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)



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