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Haldon Forest Park

Follow signs from the A38 and A380, Exeter, England
+44 300 067 5826
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Waste of time!

Thought we would take our 3 year old to see the gruffalo and stick man she was mega excited. First... read more

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emmapillivant07
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Okehampton, United Kingdom
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Fantastic place to visit!

This is an amazing place to visit, whether for a few hours or for the day. The car parking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lucylemonpip
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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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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“haldon forest” (46 reviews)
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Follow signs from the A38 and A380, Exeter, England
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+44 300 067 5826
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"discovery trail"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Thought we would take our 3 year old to see the gruffalo and stick man she was mega excited. First thing that annoyed us was the parking charge £4 for two hours absolutely ridiculous!!! The second was that we couldn't actually go to the gruffalo...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing place to visit, whether for a few hours or for the day. The car parking charges, as of today are: Parking Peak (weekends, bank holidays and school holidays): Up to 2 hours £4 2-4 hours £5 4+ hours £7 ------ Off...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here with our two year old, and friends with a toddler and young baby. The gruffalo orienteering was fun, and definitely tired the toddlers out! The hill at the end to reach the “gruffalo” was surprisingly steep. The trails are mostly based around...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the Highway Rat woodland trail. Kids kept interested all the way round. Only point is that more instructions at the outset would have been helpful. 3 of the 6 characters were found in the last few hundred yards which we felt was a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Haldon Forest Park during our stay in Devon. We had heard of it due to the Gruffalo trail, however this has now been updated by the Highway Rat. We purchased a £3 activity pack for the nature trail which our almost 3-year-old...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This beautiful park or forest really - is just a few miles outside of Exeter and is really balm for the soul. With the current trend for Forest Bathing (!) or to simple folk like me a lovely walk in the forest that is somewhere...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A good dry day offered the opportunity for anyone from 4 to 84 to ennjoy the challenges along the fun trail .It was well laid out and unlike many places adults were allowed to become children for the day

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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

Knackered is an understatement great walks great views but boy tiring. Dogs kids and myself. Just don't forget where you've left your car

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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

Take a bow John, duty member of staff, for offering superb service with good humour when waiving an excess parking fee. Our return flight from Isles of Scilly was cancelled so we switched to Scillonia boat crossing getting to Penzance in the evening. By the...More

1  Thank fabrod
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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

Haldon Forest is a great day out from Exeter and the surrounding Dartmoor area. We went for a pleasant walk here that was well signposted and peaceful. Great for all the family- I would recommend if you are down here. The only negative is the...More

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kdixon2412
19 February 2018|
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Response from Cam H | Reviewed this property |
it may be they are taking about redoing it but I'm not sure
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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
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Katie D
26 October 2017|
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Response from jimborees | Reviewed this property |
Yes, was we’re fully armed with buggy
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