Haldon Forest Park

About this route

Just 15 minutes from Exeter, and with 3,500 acres of woodland, Haldon Forest Park has something for cyclists of all abilities.

Routes vary from those that help you gain confidence in off-road cycling to the more technical trails designed for experienced mountain bikers. If you are looking to develop new skills, try the cycle Skills Area and Pump Loop.

Getting Around

Car: Car parking available at Haldon Forest Park

Refreshments available at the Ridge Café at the Forest Park Centre. Cycle hire available at Centre.
Off-road woodland trails.

Interesting information

Discovery Trail – Easy

A great all-ability trail, with fun features for children. There are regular resting points which take in some of the stunning views over Exeter and Dartmoor. This trail is suitable for walkers and beginner cyclists.

Challenge Trail – Moderate

A great confidence-builder when moving on from the Discovery Trail. Start on the short loop and build up your stamina by adding on the long loop.

Skills Area and Pump Loop – Moderate

These areas are purpose built to help cyclists develop new off-road skills, with numerous features for all abilities. They are located either side of the gateway car park and are suitable for novice and advance riders

Ridge Ride Trail – Hard

This is a technical, fast and flowing trail with tight corners and lively descents to test your reflexes.

Ridge Ride Extreme – Severe

Accessed from the Ridge Ride Trail, this is an optional technical loop that is more demanding than the previous sections of the Ridge Ride Trail.

For a different experience, why not try a Segway? Take in the panoramic views that Haldon Forest Park has to offer as you glide along effortlessly on the Eco-friendly i2 Personal Transporter!  This is a unique way to explore Haldon Forest Park.  Visit the Segway website for more information.

Haldon is also home to Go Ape’s Tree Top Adventure where you can fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle the high ropes.

To celebrate the Gruffalo’s 15th birthday why not follow the new Gruffalo Trail? This self-led trail is set along the Discovery Trail, there are ten stops for you to find, with activities to do along the way. Pick up an optional Gruffalo trail leaflet for £2 for more activities (available from the Ranger’s Office).

Photo of two people mountain biking along a forest track in the snow at Haldon Forest Park
Mountain biking couple, Haldon Forest Park Copyright Robin Stott (geograph.org.uk)

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Photo of two stones marking the edge of a path through woodland and scrub at Haldon Forest Park

Haldon Forest Park Riding

Situated on the edge of Dartmoor, Haldon Forest Park covers 3,500 acres of clean, green spaces with 25 miles (40km)
Photo of trails at Haldon Forest Park

Haldon Forest Park wildlife

Haldon Forest is a structurally diverse conifer plantation covering 3,500 acres. No fewer than five species of birds of prey