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- Valley site among mature trees and landscaped ponds
- A mile from Haldon Forest Park
- Two playgrounds and modern toilet and shower blocks
Pitching up in the River Kenn valley, on a park surrounded by Devon woodland and countryside, with mature trees and landscaped ponds complete with resident ducks…does this sound like it might fit the bill? If so, take your flock to Haldon Forest Holiday Park, five miles from Exeter and just a mile from the woodland and bike trails of the 3500-acre Haldon Forest Park.
Haldon Forest has two playgrounds on the park for kids to go out on a limb under the watchful eye of more mature types; like most of the facilities here, the playgrounds were recently developed and have been installed since 2010.
The site also has up to date laundry facilities, and three modern toilet and shower blocks with heating and free hot water. All in all, you’ll surely find this park all that it’s quacked up to be…
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Peaceful and enjoyable easy access to other towns
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good site clean toilets and showers
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Exminster Bus Stop
— 3.1 miles
3.1 miles Exeter: St Davids Rail Station Coach Stop — 4.2 miles
4.2 miles Exeter: Bus & Coach Station Paris Street — 4.2 miles
- Train stations
Exeter St Thomas Rail Station
— 3.4 miles
3.4 miles Exeter Central Rail Station — 4.1 miles
4.1 miles Exeter St Davids Rail Station — 4.2 miles
- Ferry ports
Topsham Lock Ferry Landing
— 4.2 miles
4.2 miles Topsham Ferry Landing — 4.3 miles
4.3 miles Turf Lock Inn Ferry Landing — 4.3 miles
Exeter International Airport
— 7.7 miles
From the A38 southbound: leave the A38 at the junction signposted 'Kennford', and take an immediate left at the end of the slip road. This will take you through Kennford village. Continue out of the village, over the A38 bridge, keeping left after the bridge, following the sign for Clapham. Turn left 1.5 miles after the bridge (signposted Underwood) and then turn right after 50 yards into the gravel track to the site.
From the A38 northbound: leave the A38 at the top of Haldon Hill, 100 yards after the Haldon services / Little Chef, at the junction signposted Dunchideock and Exeter Racecourse. Turn left at the slip road T-junction, then fork right after one mile. Continue down the hill for 1.75 miles and turn into the gravel track on the left, just before the T-junction in Clapham.
Bring the bikes to Devon or hire wheels at Haldon Forest Park to take full advantage of the miles of woodland mountain bike and cycle trails for various levels of ability.
Discovery trails, play equipment and several walking trails are also in the forest park including the circular Butterfly Trail and the easy-rated Mamhead Sensory Trail with gorgeous views along the Jurassic Coast and over the Exe estuary. A ten mile horse riding trail is also around for more relaxed forest sightseeing, with horse riding of a different type at the forest’s Exeter Racecourse.
Dartmoor National Park, with more hacking, hiking and biking as well as tor climbing, guided walks and geocaching, is a short drive from the holiday park. It has regular events throughout the year, towns and villages to take in, the famous Dartmoor ponies to spot and Dartmoor Zoo with meerkats, monkeys, lions and more.
Bring binoculars along with the bikes: the forest park and surrounding area are wildlife havens, with rare birds of prey and wild deer in the forest itself and birdwatching a few miles away at the Site of Special Scientific Interest the Exe Estuary: watch oystercatchers showing excellent culinary taste in breaking open mussels at Bull Hill or take a trip to the nature reserve at Dawlish Warren at the estuary’s mouth. If you’re bringing along the bikes, the National Cycle Network Exe Estuary Trail runs to Exmouth from Dawlish.
The sublime sand of Dawlish Warren is one of several South Devon sandy stretches, with the beaches at Teignmouth, Exmouth and Torbay within easy distance of Haldon Forest and the coastal towns of Torquay and Paignton a little further along the coast. Exmouth is the place to don the wetsuit as it’s known for watery sports of all types including diving, windsurfing and sailing; it’s also a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Finally, a stay at Haldon Forest has to include a day or two in Exeter to see its twelfth century cathedral, medieval Guildhall and famous historic quayside with antique shops, restaurants, canoe and boat trips and events such as dragon boat racing and guided tours.
- Exeter Cathedral - Church of Saint Peter (4.0 miles)
- Crealy Great Adventure Park (7.0 miles)
- The National Trust Killerton House & Gardens (9.6 miles)
- A la Ronde (7.2 miles)
- Killerton: Clyston Mill (8.3 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.