A lovely little woodland walk perfect for little legs and for furry four-legged friends. Like Haldon forest, but without the parking fees!
Wide, smoothish paths make this flat, circular trail ideal for buggies or for little ones to toddle or run alongside you with no big roots or dips to worry about falling over… too much.
There are dens, trails through the woods if you fancy going off the main path, a secret hidden rope swing (so hidden we didn’t manage to find it!), picnic tables for snack time or lunch, Mamhead Obelisk to walk around in awe and finally a fabulous panoramic view of the estuary and across to Exmouth. So while there isn’t a play area or signs for the little ones, there’s plenty of nature to keep them entertained.
There are two walks to choose from – the short loop or long, 1 mile or 1.5 miles respectively. Both are clearly signposted and start and finish together. There is a policy of no bikes and horses, so it is quieter than Haldon Forest. While it is a surfaced path, the long footpath especially can get muddy so wellies are a good idea – there’s also a little water-filled ditch alongside one part of the path that dogs and little wellied feet love splashing in.
There are no toilet facilities or cafes, but on occasions you might be lucky to find the Teign Bean coffee van who is trading up at the main Mamhead Obelisk car park every weekend between 9am and 4pm (subject to weather conditions) and have offered our lucky readers a free babyccino or a 10% discount if they quote “Little Devon”. www.teignbean.co.uk
Walk type: Woodland
Length: Short loop 1 mile, Long Loop 1.5 miles
Little Ones’ mode of transport: Buggy, Sling or feet!
Footwear: Any suitable for the woods. Wellies for getting muddy and wet in winter months
Dog friendly: Yes. Very. Dog bins in the car park
Need to know
Opening times: All day every day.
How to get there: Mamhead, Exeter EX6 8HG
Travelling by car on the A380 turn off at the top of Telegraph Hill towards Mamhead/Starcross. Take the first right turn and the car park is located half a mile further along on the left hand side.
Loos & Baby Changing: No
Cafe: Not as such, but Teign Bean coffee van is trading up at the main Mamhead Obelisk car park every weekend between 9am and 4pm (subject to weather conditions) and has offered our lucky readers a #LittleDevonDiscount of a free babyccino or a 10% discount if they quote “Little Devon”.