Haldon Forest Park Riding

About this route

Situated on the edge of Dartmoor, Haldon Forest Park covers 3,500 acres of clean, green spaces with 25 miles (40km) of trails where visitors can walk, run, cycle and ride at their own pace.

The Harcombe Riding Trails offer a network of trails covering a total of 10 miles (16km) for you and your horse to enjoy.  These dedicated riding trails include a quarter mile stretch for galloping.

Riders are welcome to bring their dogs but should keep them under control at all times. The riding trails are waymarked with blue signs, and use of the trails is free.

Getting Around

By road: Follow the A38 Plymouth-bound and turn off immediately after the Exeter Racecourse turning at Haldon Forest Diner. Follow the lane for about half a mile and the Harcombe Horse Box Park is on the left.

Toilets, refreshments, ranger's office, first aid and picnic area adjacent to main Haldon car park.
A mix of woodland tracks and trails.

Interesting information

Haldon Forest Park is an excellent place for any level of ability. The Harcombe riding trails link to trails along Buller’s Hill, towards Belvedere Tower. Horse riders are requested not to use the main car park at Haldon Gateway but instead use the main car park at Harcombe Horse Box Park. This is for horse riders with horse boxes and is free of charge to use.

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

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Photo of two people mountain biking along a forest track in the snow at Haldon Forest Park

Haldon Forest Park

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