Five reasons to visit Haldon Forest Park on your summer break

Heading to Devon this summer? Take a break from the crowded coast and head to the forest to see a totally different side to Devon.

We’ve put together five reasons why Haldon Forest Park is an unmissable stop during your summer holiday to Devon.

Become an explorer

Haldon Forest Park’s waymarked walking and cycling trails offer something for every fitness level, from gentle strolls and serene cycles, to hilly hikes and technical challenges. Every trail is clearly marked so you can simply relax and enjoy the experience. Our walking trails are perfect for the whole family, with wheelchair and pushchair-friendly options, and off-road mobility scooters available to hire so the whole family can make memories together.

Ready for a bigger adventure? Pick up a map and compass from the Info Pod to have a go at orienteering. Our friendly team will show you what to do and help you choose which course to try. Orienteering is a great way to work together as a family. Look out for fascinating wildlife, secret spots, and breath-taking viewpoints along the way.

An adult and a child cycle along a flat wide forest track

Dog friendly

Dogs love Haldon Forest Park! Dogs are welcome to explore the forest off-lead all year round. Your furry family members are free to enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest before a refreshing drink at one of our freshly topped-up water bowls. We just ask you to follow our simple dog code to make sure everyone has a great time and leaves with a waggy tail.

Family dog walking in a forest

British weatherproof

Don’t let a soggy British summer spoil your holiday. Rain never stops play at Haldon Forest Park! Our all-weather trails are open all year round for your fresh air fix. And our cafe is open daily to warm you up with a steaming hot chocolate. Grab your jacket and head to the forest to make sure no hour of your family time is wasted.

Two children playing in a wooden den

Immerse yourself in nature

It’s impossible not to feel rejuvenated when you’re surrounded by towering trees, diverse wildlife, and the sounds of birds. It’s so easy to feel at one with nature. Simply slow your steps and let your senses come alive to the sights, sounds, and scents. Haldon Forest Park is home to protected habitats and wildlife, including as nightjar, adder, and pearl bordered fritillary butterflies, as well as several species of deer. For the best nature-spotting experience, we recommend visiting earlier in the day or in the evening.

Keep it cool

When – or if – the weather hots up, Haldon Forest Park is the perfect destination to keep everyone cool and comfortable. Stay cool beneath the tree canopy and feel the breeze fluttering through the trees. We can’t think of anything better than a relaxing picnic in the shade. Choose one of our picnic tables with kids’ play areas close by, or throw down a blanket in your favourite spot.

Mobility scooter user in a dappled shady forest

See you next time

If you run out of time to visit the forest during your summer holiday, why not stop for lunch and a leg stretch on the way home? Haldon Forest Park is the most scenic refreshment spot along the A38 and only 2 minutes’ drive from the Haldon exit – simply follow the brown signs.