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Haldon Forest Park

Haldon Forest Park is on the A38 10 minutes from Exeter and offers a wide range of trails as well as cycle hire, café and many non-cycling activities.  Parking is pay and display.

From the saddle of a bike you can explore deeper into the forest than you have before, take in amazing views, watch out for wildlife and enjoy safe off-road cycling in a peaceful setting. Advanced mountain bikers can also take on our longest, most challenging cycle trail for a thrill ride on Haldon’s imposing ridge. Not for the faint-hearted, or the inexperienced!  The skills park and pump track offers the perfect place to develop your riding and try out new techniques. So what are you waiting for? Go!

The site is particularly suitable for Novice and Intermediate riders, with Green, Blue and Red graded trails.

How to get there:

  • By car, take the Exeter Racecourse turning off the A38 Devon Expressway. From the A380 you can follow the brown tourist signs for Haldon Belvedere. Carry on past the first gateway you see (‘Office entrance only’ is painted on the road there) and 200 metres on you will see the main entrance.
  • By bus, you can catch the 360 bus to the Belvedere Tower. You can then join the trails through the woods, from the layby.
  • By bicycle you can follow the A38 Cycle Way, which is part of the National Cycle Network. Turn off at the racecourse and follow the signs for Haldon Forest Park. Carry on past the first gateway you see (‘Office entrance only’ is painted on the road there) and 200 metres on you will see the main entrance.

Please don’t use the postcode in your Sat Nav! It will take you to the Forestry Commission Office instead of the Haldon Forest Park visitor’s car park. Follow the directions above instead.

For more information visit the Haldon Forest Park webpages.

  • Reviews
For up-to-date opening times and further details visit the Haldon Forest Park webpages.

Discovery Trail

Green Grade (Easy) Distance 2.5km (1.5 miles); 0.5-1 hr

Challenge Trail

Blue Grade (Moderate) Short Loop Distance 9.5km (6 miles); 1-1.5 hrs Long Loop Distance an extra 2.8km (1.7 miles); 0.5-1 hrs

Ridge Ride Trail

Red Grade (Difficult) Distance 9km (5.6 miles); 1-1.5 hrs

Ridge Ride Extreme

Black Grade (Severe) Distance: 1km (0.6 miles); approx 10 mins

Skills Park and Pump Track

Orange Bike Park
  • "Great place to cycle, excellent trails for all abilities" Gary, via Facebook.
  • "Great riding for all levels, be back soon!" Simon, via Facebook
  • "..a narrow footprint of singletrack that winds closely between the trees. It's a smooth ride that's made even better if you're in a group of likeminded mates..." Russell Burton, reviewing the Ridge Ride Trail for Mountain Biking UK Magazine.
  • "Great mountain bike trails for ALL ages and abilities - if they can ride a bike there's a trail for them!" Paul, via Facebook

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