Walking at Forest Glade Holiday Park

Devon is a walker’s paradise and there is much to explore on foot! You will definitely be spoilt for choice when visiting Forest Glade. Plan a walking holiday in Devon and experience the beauty of nature up close.

Welcome to the beautiful county of Devon, where nature lovers and adventure seekers come together to experience the best walking holidays. With its breathtaking landscapes, rugged coastline, and rolling hills, Devon offers endless opportunities for hikers of all abilities. With our convenient location and scenic surroundings, Forest Glade Holiday Park is the perfect destination to plan your next walking adventure in Devon. We are close to some of the best walking trails in Devon, including some short walks that start straight from our park. Leaflets with more information on these local walks are available from Reception and our Tourist Information Room.  So, put on your hiking boots and get ready to explore the stunning scenery on foot.

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Best Hiking Trails in Devon

Devon has an abundance of amazing walking trails, which means that you will have plenty of options to choose from when you visit Forest Glade. Here are some of our top favourites.

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Easy Hiking Trails in Devon

Here are some of the best family-friendly walking trails in Devon to enjoy while staying at Forest Glade Holiday Park.

Salcombe Regis and Dunscombe Circular

Explore the beautiful 5.6-kilometre circular trail, which can be completed in about 1 hour and 40 minutes. The relatively easy route begins at Salcombe Regis and leads you to the picturesque Dunscombe, where you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the coast and countryside. Dogs are allowed and can be off-leash in certain designated areas.

Seaton to Beer Beach

The charming coastal route begins in the delightful town of Seaton and offers a leisurely journey to the serene Beer Beach. The trail is suitable for most skill levels, making it an excellent opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. On a clear day, you’ll be treated to stunning vistas of the sea as you follow the coastline.

Dunsford Daffodil Walk

Take a peaceful stroll following the Dunsford Daffodil Walk, situated in the serene woodlands of the Dartmoor National Park. This scenic trail offers stunning views of the woodland gorge and the River Teign. The path is considered easy, taking around an hour and 40 minutes. Keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife that thrives along the River Teign.

Belstone River and River Taw Circular

Discover this easy route takes you on a scenic journey from the serene Belstone River to the tranquil River Taw, offering breath-taking views throughout. It typically takes around 42 minutes to complete, making it perfect for a refreshing walk. The trail is best enjoyed between March and October, and dogs are welcome. Some areas even allow dogs to be off-leash, giving you and your furry friend the freedom to explore and take in the beauty of nature.

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Moderate Hiking Trails in Devon

For those looking for some of the best moderate walking trails in Devon, here are our personal favourites. All relatively close to our Holiday Park situated between Honiton and Cullompton.

Castle Drogo and Cod Wood Circular

The Castle Drogo and Cod Wood Circular Trail is a picturesque route that is open all year round, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts alike. The trail begins at Castle Drogo, where visitors can enjoy stunning views of the Teign Gorge and the Dartmoor countryside beyond. As you continue along the Hunter’s Path, you’ll be surrounded by the natural beauty of the woodland valley and the tranquil sounds of the Teign River flowing nearby.

Beer and Branscombe Circular

The Beer and Branscombe Circular Trail is a popular and moderately challenging route, offering stunning views of the sweeping coast. This trail boasts a variety of historic sites to explore, including a WWII gun battery, Napoleonic ruins, Iron Age banks, and unique geologic structures. But that’s not all! Along the way, there are plenty of pubs and cafes to stop at for refreshments, allowing you to take a break and soak up the local atmosphere.

Woodbury Castle Circular

If you’re looking for a scenic yet moderate walking trail in Devon, then Woodbury Castle Circular route is a great route to take. This charming path takes you on a journey from the historic hill fort of Woodbury Castle to the picturesque village of Colaton Raleigh. Along the way, you’ll encounter a lovely combination of woodland and open moorland, providing a great opportunity to observe local wildlife and take in stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The hill fort itself is a fascinating piece of history, and you’ll find plenty of interesting information about it at the start of the trail.

Hard Hiking Trails in Devon

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Castle Neroche, Middleroom Wood, and Thurlbear Wood Circular

This challenging hiking route in Devon is a scenic yet adventurous walk that takes just over 5 hours to complete. Beginning at the historic Castle Neroche, the route winds its way through picturesque villages and woodland areas both inside and outside the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Along the way, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, with plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the awe-inspiring scenery.

Exmouth to Lyme Regis

If you’re up for an adventure, why not explore this exciting route that promises a unique and unforgettable experience? It typically takes around 16 hours and 36 minutes to complete, but the variety of scenery you’ll encounter along the way will make every moment worth it.

The walk begins in Exmouth and takes you all the way to the charming town of Lyme Regis, with plenty of natural wonders in between.


Other Walking Trails in Devon

Other walks in the Devon area include:

  • Blackdown Hills

There are some great walks on the Blackdown Hills. There are many routes of varying distances and ability, which allow you to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and take in the local towns, beautiful scenery and contrasting landscape.

  •   Hembury Fort

Hembury Fort is an Iron Age Hillfort close to Forest Glade. It is easily accessible from Forest Glade and a lovely place to walk and enjoy the ancient remains of this prehistoric hillfort.

  • Neroche Forest

The Neroche Forest isn’t far from Forest Glade. It is a Forestry Commission project to open up the forest on the north side of the Blackdown Hills and there are several walking trails to enjoy within the forest.

  • East Devon Way

The East Devon Way is our local long-distance walking path – a 40 mile walking route through the east of the county. It passes through 8 villages and over 5 rivers and is the perfect way to enjoy the East Devon Area.

  • Wild Walks

The Devon Wildlife Trust recommends several Wild Walks for you to enjoy beautiful landscapes and local wildlife. They range in length from 4 – 8 miles and are suitable for a range of abilities.

Accessible walks in Devon

Not everywhere in Devon is hilly!  Much of the Blackdown Hills AONB covers the level plateau.  Dunkeswell Airfield is still operational and was an American air base during WWII.  Visit the Blackdown Hills AONB website to find out about this and other more accessible areas to explore.

Staple Hill Easy Access Trial is great for wheelchair users and familes with pushchairs and offers lovely views out across Somerset from the edge of the Blackdown Hills.

For more information on accessible walks in Devon please visit Explore Devon which has valuable information on accessible walks in Devon.

Local Walking Festivals in Devon

Why not combine your walking holiday in Devon with one of our local walking festivals.

  • Sidmouth and East Devon Walking Festival runs over a week in September.  Guided walks are free and a great way to explore coast and countryside.  Find out more on their Facebook page.
  • The English Riviera Walking Festival offers guided walks of different lengths and is a good way to explore South Devon.
  • We are less than an hour’s drive from Dartmoor National Park.  The walking festival takes place at the end of August and is an ideal way to explore the moor with knowledgeable guides.
  • Mid Devon Walking Festival takes place for the first time in 2024.

Top Tips for Hiking in Devon

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To make the most of your walking holiday in Devon while staying at Forest Glade Holiday Park, it’s important to plan ahead and prepare for the conditions you may encounter. That’s why we’ve put together some expert tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable hiking experience in Devon.

  • Plan your route carefully and make sure you have a good map and compass. Devon has a diverse landscape and weather conditions can change quickly, so be prepared.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. The terrain in Devon can be rough and slippery in places, so sturdy hiking boots with good grip are essential. Dress in layers and be prepared for rain, even on sunny days.
  • Stay hydrated and fuelled. Bring plenty of water and snacks to keep your energy levels up. There are also many great pubs and cafes along the way, so be sure to take advantage of them.
  • Respect the environment and wildlife. Devon is home to many rare and endangered species, so be sure to stick to the designated paths and avoid disturbing the local flora and fauna.
  • Enjoy the journey. Hiking in Devon is all about taking your time and enjoying the stunning scenery at your own pace. So, take your time, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the journey!

Walking Holidays in Forest Glade Holiday Park in Devon

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Forest Glade Holiday Park offers a range of walking opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. If you are someone who loves walking and exploring the beauty of nature, then we might just be the perfect fit for you. With a variety of walking routes to choose from, ranging from gentle strolls along the tranquil lakeside paths to challenging hikes across the moors and hills, you will be spoilt for choice.

Our excellent facilities and comfortable accommodation make it an ideal base for a walking holiday in Devon.

Whether you are traveling with a tent, touring caravan, motorhome, or campervan, we have first-class pitches that cater to all your requirements. You can also consider our luxurious holiday caravans or our cosy camping pods for a more unique experience. Our holiday park boasts a range of facilities that cater to all ages, including a heated indoor swimming pool, children’s play areas, nature trails, and more.

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