Get Lost in Nature: The Best 19 Woodland Walks in Devon!

Get Lost in Nature: The Best 19 Woodland Walks in Devon!

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    The table above lists all the best woodland walks in Devon. Click on each name to be taken straight to the part of the blog post for that walk.

    Have you ever lost yourself in the beauty of a perfect woodland walk? The sights and sounds that you experience can be truly magical, especially if you are exploring some of the most stunning parts of Devon. If you're looking for a nature-based holiday that offers a peaceful respite from your everyday life, then Devon is one destination worthy of consideration. With miles upon miles of rolling hills and expansive woodlands, this ancient landscape promises breathtaking vistas as well as plenty of opportunities to explore and discover hidden gems. Get ready to take a step back in time on your next holiday - all it takes is a trip to the unspoiled landscapes of Devon! You can take in the 3,500 acres at Haldon Forest Park, spend time in the beautiful Canonteign Forest, or view the moorlands at Fernworthy Forest.

    Explore Devon's Unmissable Woodland Walks

    In this blog post, we will be listing the many forest walks in Devon.

    Have a look below at the forest walks available on the interactive map and click on the buttons below the map for each walk, to be taken to the Forestry England pages for further information on the forest trails.

    Cockington Country Park

    Discover a wonderland of magical sights at Cockington Country Park - home to an exquisite manor house, thatched cottages, and an ancient 11th-century church surrounded by 450 acres of lush gardens, meadows, and woodlands. Three serene ornamental lakes offer reflective moments encircled by the stunning scenery while Keep Britain Tidy has recognized this idyllic park with its prestigious Green Flag Award 26 times in succession!

    Plymbridge Woods

    Nestled in the rolling hills of Dartmoor lies Plym Valley, a haven for explorers to traverse enchantingly vibrant woodlands. With majestic oaks and towering ashes standing tall amidst bursts of colourful wildflowers, it's no wonder that this area is untamed bliss at its best! Ancient rivers meander thoughtfully through while ancient rocks beg eager climbers to scale their heights - from woodland strolls with stunning vistas to rugged scrambles up craggy cliff sides – adventure awaits those who seek solace among the trees.

    Stoke Woods

    Leave the noise of Exeter city centre far behind and take some time to explore Stoke Woods. Get up close with nature as you traverse wild trails and marvel at ancient trees that have been part of this landscape for centuries. Reconnect with yourself in a tranquil setting, where wildlife abounds around every corner!

    Haldon Forest Park

    A paradise of outdoor adventure awaits those who visit the 3,500-acre Haldon Forest Park located just 15 minutes from Exeter. Whether it's a challenging mountain bike trek or a leisurely walk you're after, there are plenty of options to explore this diverse natural area. From pumping loops and cycle skills areas to orienteering courses - your adrenaline rushes await!

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    Harcombe Woods

    Experience the great outdoors like never before and explore Harcombe, a woodland paradise tucked away in Haldon Forest near Exeter. Feel your worries slip away as you wander on grassy trails or take an invigorating horseback ride through lush greenery - there's something for everyone here! Come find what secrets await beyond these treetops and make lasting memories at this hidden gem of nature.

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    Escape to Chalet just west of Exeter and explore its diverse range of paths! Whether you're meandering through gorse, heath, or the conifer woodlands - marvel at nature's beauty as it works in harmony. Bring your binoculars for a chance to witness some rare species native only to this area designated a Site of Scientific Interest: including the shy nightjar who is sure to captivate with their whisper-soft calls!

    Kenton Common

    Immerse yourself in nature's beauty and explore the historic village of Kenton. Go for a walk through Haldon Forest at Kenton Common and take in spectacular panoramic views of Exmouth from up high!  Afterwards, reward yourselves by visiting the village pub - as well as its delicious food you can also admire Kenton’s 14th century church built stylishly in Devonian style. Adventure awaits around every corner so make sure to stop off here on your next expedition.


    Take a trip to the historic town of Exmouth and explore Mamhead, just south of Exeter. Follow an enjoyable all-ability path that will take you on a journey full of stunning sights - sweeping panoramas over the scenic seascapes below as far as the world-renowned Jurassic Coast! Not only is this area great for those looking for some peace but also perfect for families or four-legged friends wanting to get out in nature.

    Cantoneign Woods

    Canonteign Forest

    Step into the heart of Dartmoor and immerse yourself in all that Canonteign Forest has to offer. From challenging hikes through its hills, streams, and woodland - wander alongside Beadon Brook Valley while being surrounded by tranquil nature. Take this chance to explore one of the unique wonders hidden within Devon's moorland!

    Core Copse

    Core Copse at East Hill is a picturesque paradise nestled in the stunning landscape of England's West Country, boasting great views and captivating scenes. Ancient monuments spanning prehistory to Napoleon’s era are strewn among lush veteran trees and vibrant wildflowers - such as blooming bluebells - offering a unique outdoor experience for all.

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    Great Plantation

    Put on your walking boots and be transported through time as you stroll along the Templer Way trail at Great Plantation in South Devon. This woodland, full of wildlife including roe deer, birds, and rare butterflies is home to centuries-old history - it was once part of Stover Estate! Come discover its secrets while enjoying a walk amidst nature's beauty.

    Eggesford Forest

    Take a step back in time with your visit to Eggesford Forest! Established by the Forestry Commission over 100 years ago, this forest remains an idyllic reminder of times gone by. With its network of trails and paths connecting many local sights to the forest - it's no surprise that so many come here for some much-needed peace amidst historical significance.

    Bellever Forest

    Discover the natural beauty of Bellever Forest and take an unforgettable journey up to nearby Bellever Tor! Feel a sense of wonder as you explore this amazing Dartmoor location - home to diverse wildlife, including wild ponies. Enjoy a tranquil picnic by East Dart River or hit one of many trails for some invigorating exercise while taking in incredible scenic views.

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    Fernworthy Forest

    Escape to Fernworthy Forest, where the timeless moorland scenery begs for exploration. With sweeping views and peaceful solitude comes a unique opportunity to be close to nature in all its forms - from prehistoric sites to starry night skies perfect for stargazing on crisp winter evenings. Whether you're looking for adventure or relaxation through picnicking in summertime warmth, this Dartmoor hideaway is guaranteed an unforgettable experience!

    Abbeyford Woods

    Come one, come all to Abbeyford Woods near Okehampton! Here you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a peaceful walk through the majestic Douglas fir trees. Or if you choose, explore further on the Tarka Trail or meander along banks lined by golden beech trees during autumn. With crystal clear waters framing nature's abundance in flora and fauna around every corner - this is as close to paradise as it gets in Devon!

    Trinity Hill

    At Trinity Hill, visitors can experience the great outdoors like never before. Nestled in East Devon's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and adjacent to Dorset County, this idyllic destination offers a range of nature trails with lush forests to traverse and open heaths committed exclusively to wildlife conservation. It is here that one will find unrivalled tranquillity amid unparalleled beauty - allowing you to feel at once connected yet removed from civilisation.

    East Devon

    Trek to East Devon and discover sprawling forests, decorated with unique wildlife and unforgettable views. Follow a winding path through the enchanting woods while taking in the fresh air; don't forget your binoculars - you never know what extraordinary sights await!

    Lydford Forest

    Lydford Forest is a natural oasis of peace and beauty in the Dartmoor Valley. Formerly a hub for industry, it has since been restored to its pristine state, teeming with plant and animal life including some rare butterfly species! Come explore the wilderness today - you never know what unexpected treasures lie waiting to be uncovered.

    Stover Country Park and Nature Reserve

    Stover Country Park is a marvel of nature, brimming with diverse habitats and abundant wildlife. Owned by Devon County Council, it covers 114 acres of lake and marshland, heathland grasslands as well as woodlands - providing visitors the opportunity to explore not only its rich flora but also its historical significance! With an aerial walkway for viewings from above; bird hides for avid feathered-friends spotters; interpretation boards along various walking routes plus car parks & picnic areas – there's something here to delight all types of adventurers at any level!


    In this blog post, we have shared some of the woodland walks in Devon. To find out more about things to do in the area, click on the links below:


    Devon Blogs


    Free Things to do in Devon


    Cycling Routes in Devon


    Local Delicacies from Devon

    Please note...

    All outdoor activities including forest walks involve a degree of risk. The walks are recommended due to the well known features of each forest but this may change over time and further research is required before undertaking any activity. The weather can also impact the surface and general conditions of each path so please keep yourself updated with the weather forecast before setting off to enjoy your walk!

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