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Haldon Forest Park, Exeter

(Devon)

Near Exeter

Enjoy Two 235m Zip Wires with Views over Dartmoor National Park.

Go Ape’s first Tree Top Adventure in the South West. One of the best days out in Devon, if you’re looking for adventure activities near Exeter then you’ll enjoy an incredible 235m zip wire flying you from hilltop to hilltop followed by another (…just 15 minutes from Exeter)!

The classic and original Go Ape adventure experience. We brief you so you’re safe then you fly down our zip-wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle our high ropes in one of Britain’s most beautiful forests.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy in the forest after your adventure. Whether you want to monkey around on a bike or walk your way round the woods, you’ll have a great day out in Devon.

Please note. Our 2015 prices are: Tree Top Adventure, £31 Adults (16+), £25 Children (10 – 15 year olds). 

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Get out and about with us this season

For full details on dates and times simply 'check availability' and you'll see when Haldon Forest is open.

Below is a snapshot of when our forest doors open.

We're open from February to November, but we close our forest doors during December and January (...it gets a little chilly and we like to maintain our adventures so they're all ready to go next year).

Open February Half Term (17th February - 21st February)

Weekends in March.

Open Daily Easter, Half Term and Summer Holidays.

Term Time (closed Tuesday/Wednesdays).

Open Daily October Half Term (27th October - 31st October).

Open November Weekends.

Course stats

Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Haldon Forest Park, Exeter.

  • Number of sections 5
  • Longest Zip Wire 230 metres
  • Longest Crossing 16 metres
  • Total Length 775 metres
  • Number of Crossings 39
  • Highest Point 14 metres

The Team at Haldon

The Address

Go Ape Haldon Forest
Bullers Hill
Kennford
Exeter
EX6 7XR (Due to the rural nature of our locations, postcodes are not always accurate when using satellite navigation. Please always check the route it has given you before setting off, and cross reference with a map.)

You can select longitude/Latitude for accurate Sat-Nav directions: Type in our co-ordinates: 50.65363890, -3.58040570

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By car

Please note that the following parking charges apply at Haldon Forest: Off Peak. Mon - Fri in school term-time: £2 under 2 hours or £3 over 2 hours. Peak. Weekends, bank holidays and school holidays: £3 under 2hrs or £4 over 2 hrs.

Go Ape is not signposted until you are at the entrance to Haldon Forest Park itself.

From the North: There are 4 main roads that lead to the A38 to Plymouth which has the exit sign to "Haldon Forest" (and Go Ape!)
M5 Southbound (becomes the A38)
A377 (from Barnstaple, which joins the A30)
A30 (from Okehampton, joins the A38)
A379 (from Countess Wear and joins the A38 at Kennford)
Ensure you are on the A38 to Plymouth when the road splits into the A380 (Torquay) and the A38 Plymouth. The road becomes a steep hill with three lanes. Ensure you are in the left hand lane before the top of the hill as the turn off at the "Haldon Forest" & Exeter racecourse"(and Go Ape!) sign has no slip road and is a very sharp left turn. At the mini roundabout turn right and head past the entrance to Exeter racecourse, underneath an underpass and straight on for over a mile.  Turn left into Haldon Gateway.
Please note that the first turn into what appears to be Haldon Hub is actually the Forestry commission offices and has "OFFICE ACCESS ONLY" painted on the road. Haldon Forest and Go Ape! is a further 200 yds on the left).
From the South: There are 2 main roads from the South:
A380 (from Torquay)
A38 (from Plymouth/Cornwall)
From the A380 northbound you will find an exit sign to "Haldon Forest & Exeter racecourse" (and Go Ape!) just before a service station. Follow this road straight (sign posted Haldon Gateway) over a mini roundabout, past the entrance to Exeter racecourse, underneath an underpass and straight on for over a mile. Turn left into Haldon Gateway.
From the A38 northbound you take an exit soon after a Service station to "Haldon Forest & Exeter racecourse"(also Go Ape) This slip road takes you to a junction where you turn left then straight on for over a mile where you will see a left turn into Haldon Gateway
Please note that the first turn into what appears to be Haldon Hub is actually the Forestry commission offices and has "OFFICE ACCESS ONLY" painted on the road. Haldon Forest and Go Ape is a further 200 yds on the left). Go Ape is at the far end of the car park tucked away.

Due to the rural nature of our locations, postcodes are not always accurate when using satellite navigation. Please always check the route it has given you before setting off, and cross reference with a map.

By bus

The 360 bus from Exeter Bus Station to Bridford stops at Haldon Belvedere several times a day (except Sundays and Bank Holidays). Please see the Traveline timetable for times or phone Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

You can then join the trails through the woods, from the layby.

It's a bit of a walk so you may need a taxi.

Local Area

Some nearby places which may be of interest:

But there's plenty of things to do to pack out your day...

Why not explore the forest on a bike, or get your walking boots on. Whether you're on two wheels or two feet, this is a beautiful neck of the woods.

For all your camping and hiking needs in the area just check out Camping & Hiking Online.

Please note that the following parking charges apply at Haldon Forest:

Off Peak. Mon - Fri in school term-time: £2 under 2 hours or £3 over 2 hours

Peak. Weekends, bank holidays and school holidays: £3 under 2hrs or £4 over 2 hrs.

 

Haldon Forest is cared for by the Forestry Commission.
From trails to sustainable timber, and concerts to conservation projects, the Forestry Commission looks after forests and woodlands, for everyone to enjoy. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk to find out more.

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Stay in Devon - Handy for finding a local hotel, B & B or cottage.

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Feedback from Haldon Forest Park, Exeter

Take a look at what some of our tribe have said about their time in the forest. It’s always good to hear it straight from the Gorilla’s mouth (…and we’re proud to say it’s totally unedited!) And why not have a peek at what people are saying about us on Trip Advisor.

Rated 5 Bananas Hazel - Tree Top Adventure, on 21 October 2014
Been psyching myself up to try this for ages and it was so worth it! If youth and fitness are fading fast or you're the only one to be daring don't let that stop you!Was met with an enthusiastic welcome by the team and given a bit of quick reading before being kitted up. My reservations were unfounded: the session hadn't been cancelled despite heavy rain, no lengthy form filling, no being pushed forward by other 'tribes' before I was ready, no hanging from my arms or shoulder damage necessary. The course although suitable for older kids certainly wasn't 'tame', and there's scope to be even more adventurous with choices of 'extreme' crossings. Although what I paid was a lot of money to me, the length/height and variety of the adventure justified the spend and in no way did I feel short-changed.Excellent - really want to go again and have a play in other tree-top adventure locations!
Rated 5 Bananas helene - Tree Top Adventure, on 21 October 2014
there were 3 of us (Myself and my partner, and our 10 year old daughter) - our favourite bit was the last tarzan swing. We also really enjoyed the zip wires, particularly the longest one! My partner and daughter have been once before, but this was my first time, and I was surprised that I was quite nervous really going across the crossings!
Rated 5 Bananas Jo - Tree Top Adventure, on 20 October 2014
We all had a brilliant time, and would recommend to anyone!!
Rated 5 Bananas Jenny - Tree Top Adventure, on 20 October 2014
Really enjoyable morning, staff were brilliant and course was better than expected.
Rated 5 Bananas Kim - Tree Top Adventure, on 20 October 2014
It was amazing and we nearly didn't go. My booking was for Saturday and I got days wrong, called and they booked me in for the Sunday no charge- how kind was that? I went with my 14 year old son and it gave us some bonding time, he encouraged me and visa versa, a truly great time despite being wobbly a few times and thinking I would freeze! My son is also scared of heights but my he did it! All the zip wires are fun and soooo high! Safety is brilliant and although it seemed technical once in the trees it comes easy and makes sense. Staff wonderful in cabin on course and on the phones! Thank you for an amazing adventure that tests strength and fears!
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