Eggesford Forest

About this route

Eggesford Forest is a great place to visit. It has a network of trails and paths that link the different woodlands and also connect to the Tarka rail line at Eggesford Station, All Saints Church and a Garden Centre.

Getting Around

Car parks at both Hilltown Wood and Heywood Wood.

Picnic area, information and toilets (not accessible) at Hilltown.
Compacted woodland paths managed by the Forestry Commission.

Interesting information

Within Flashdown Woods in Eggesford some of the first trees planted by the Forestry Commission in 1919 can be seen to still be standing today.  In 1956 the Queen visited the area to celebrate the achievements of the Forestry Commission and, in particular, to record the planting of the millionth acre of trees   with a commemorative stone at Hilltown.

The woods have some magnificent Douglas Fir trees and the woodland provides a diverse habitat for a wide variety of birds, mammals and insects.

There is a motte and bailey castle, a scheduled ancient monument, that is the remains of a once-imposing Norman fort.

Photo of a track through woodland at Eggesford Forest
Eggesford Forest Copyright David Smith, licenced for reuse - geograph.org.uk

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Photo of the top of a waymarking post for the Coast Path and Tarka Trail

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Photo of the top of a waymarking post for the Coast Path and Tarka Trail

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