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

Information on the Haldon Forest bike trails is given below, including gradings and further information is available at www.forestryengland.uk/haldon-forest-park/cycling-and-mountain-biking-trails-haldon-forest-park.  For more information on the Forestry England bike trail colour gradings visit the Forestry England website: https://www.forestryengland.uk/article/mountain-bike-trail-grades-and-safety

Cycle hire includes options for all abilities, such as trikes, recumbents, and electrically-assisted bikes.

Discovery Trail – Green (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.

Spicers Trail – Blue (moderate)

A great confidence builder introducing a combination of surfaces with some narrow sections and gentle gradients. Ideal for those who have mastered the basics of cycling and are ready to move on from the Discovery Trail.

Kiddens Trail Blue (moderate)

A single track trail offering more challenging terrain than Spicers with greater changes in gradient.

Skills Area and Pump Loop Bike Park (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 – Red (hard)

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


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.

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