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Haldon Forest Park

Follow signs from the A38 and A380, Exeter, England
+44 300 067 5826
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always a great day out

My boys love Haldon, always a great day out. Great bike routes and walking routes! Plenty of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Death Valley Junction, California, United States
Bike rides with the children

I take my children and there bikes quite a bit. The trails rides are good my kids like the gruffalo... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Katie S
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Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park. 3,500 acres of woodland just fifteen minutes from Exeter.We have a network of walking and cycling trails that suit people of all abilities. There is also a cycle skills area and pump loop for people to practice and develop their off road cycling skills. The Ridge Cafe is open every day on site serving a range of delicious food and drinks. Forest Cycle Hire is also based at Haldon for those who want to hire a bike when they arrive and Haldon is also home to Go Ape, the high wire adventure course. There is a permanent orienteering course and a range of other activities happening on site including archery sessions, nordic walking and Segway tours. Our friendly ranger team are on site every day to assist visitors and can be contacted on.The site is free to explore but parking charges do apply. The income from car parking goes back in to the site to maintain all the facilities, including the cycling and walking trials.This year the Forestry Commission is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Gruffalo - more information about the celebrations can be found on the website.
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Follow signs from the A38 and A380, Exeter, England
+44 300 067 5826
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Reviewed yesterday

My boys love Haldon, always a great day out. Great bike routes and walking routes! Plenty of benches and picnic tables too!

Thank mummys_tummy4
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I take my children and there bikes quite a bit. The trails rides are good my kids like the gruffalo and the children’s trail. Both quite short do not a problem for walking along with them. The bmx tracks are good to. Sometime to busy....More

Thank Katie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoy family woodland walks, especially in autumn, and travelled from Plymouth down the A38 to Haldon to try out this forest. The trails were really disappointing, with vast areas felled, copped or managed, and glimpses of views that could be spectacular were it not...More

Thank cooneycooney
Jonathan W, Front Office Manager at Haldon Forest Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Cooneycooney, we are sorry to hear that you didn't fully enjoy your visit. Haldon Forest is a fully 'working' forest that allows recreational access to certain areas; that does mean you will see areas of clear felled/coppiced woodland within UKWAS standards which are essential...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located past Kennford on the A38 is Haldon forest that contains many woods. There are trails to walk and a picnic area, cafe. Carpark is a bit pricey. Isolated area so come prepared.

Thank rayrest
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Forests are lovely places to go for a walk and this one has some nice views, a small play area and a cafe. However I did find the discovery trail a bit disappointing. My 4 year old was excited at first by the stickman and...More

1  Thank Jill N
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We got good weather, the walk was good, long enough to be good exercise, but there was enough stuff to see on the way round to keep him interested. The app is great with the animations of the characters. A really good outing. Would highly...More

Thank jimborees
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

We live local and went to haldon for a picnic, however we were disappointed with the cost of the car park £4.00 for 2 hours. Wouldn't recommend visiting until car park cost lowered

Thank Neil P
Reviewed 16 September 2017

We went to Haldon forest park for as part of our walking holiday in Devon and we were not disappointed we took the raptor trail a 3.5 mile trail with some steep climbs but noting too bad , it was good to stride out and...More

Thank shirleywilson57
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Fantastic home cooked food, I had jacket spud with vegetarian chilli, some of us had soup, carrot cake, flapjack.portions a decent size. Lovely staff, v courteous. Clean and tidy, well set out, could sit out or in. Highly recommended!

Thank 728EugeneW
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

We had a muddy experience at Haldon forest park in Exeter. You can walk and cycle their and also go on Segway. There is also a cafe for a nice snack for before of after your adventure.

Thank traveller_2017_lover
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Katie D
26 October 2017|
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Response from HaldonFP | Property representative |
Hi Katie, the Gruffalo trail was buggy accessible however has now ended to make way for the new character trail coming early December. Many thanks
Katie D
26 October 2017|
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Response from jimborees | Reviewed this property |
Yes, was we’re fully armed with buggy
6 August 2017|
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Response from Brian379 | Reviewed this property |
No - not yet. They are about to do a massive upgrade of the visitor hub starting this year. I cannot envisage there not being a kiddies play park in the future