Come and explore the hills, streams and woodland of Canonteign Forest and discover one of Dartmoor's many treasures

Set in the idyllic hills of Dartmoor National Park just north of Newton Abbot, Canonteign Forest is home to some challenging hikes and stunning natural scenery.

Walk alongside the Beadon Brook valley and take in the tranquility of the stream-side woodland.

https://www.forestryengland.uk/canonteign-forest 

Canonteign Forest Christow  

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Explore our woodland trails on foot or horseback at Harcombe, part of Haldon Forest south of Exeter

The woods are a world of new adventure for everyone, so visit Harcombe and see what you discover.

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Harcombe Wood Harcombe, Chudleigh  EX6 7XS

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3,500 acres of woodland just 15 minutes from Exeter

Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park.

With a range of walking and cycling trails to suit all abilities, as well as a pump loop, cycle skills area, orienteering courses and so much more just waiting to be discovered.

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Haldon Forest Park Bullers Hill, Kennford EX6 7XR

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Trinity Hill sits within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and borders the county of Dorset and nearby town of Lyme Regis.

It offers beautiful woodland walks with a variety of forest tracks and pathways to explore as well as areas of open heathland dedicated to wildlife.

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Trinity Hill Wood Trinity Hill Road, Uplyme EX13 5SL

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Sitting within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Core Copse at East Hill offers a variety of breath-taking views.

This wonderful woodland has something for everyone with veteran trees, beautiful displays of bluebells and other wildflowers, and an array of historical monuments dating from prehistory to the Napoleonic Wars.

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Core Copse East Hill Strips, Chineway Hill, East Devon

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South West Lakes Trust Wistlandpound Reservoir, located on the edge of Exmoor National Park, is a haven for wildlife and provides a beautiful and tranquil setting for a woodland walk or a day spent in the great outdoors. 

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Wistlandpound Reservoir, near Blackmoor Gate, Devon. EX31 4SJ

Flashdown Plantation is home to the very first trees planted by the Forestry Commission. In 1919, Charles Trefusis, the 21st Baron Clinton was appointed one of the founding members of the Forestry Commission, formed as part of the Forestry Act to replant Britain’s woodlands which had been depleted during the First World War.

Immediately after the first meeting in London, Lord Clinton and fellow member Lord Lovat from Scotland challenged one another to a race home to plant the Commission’s first trees. Records show that Lord Clinton had assembled a small team of foresters, ready to plant trees as soon as he disembarked his train at Eggesford Station. Meanwhile as Lord Lovat arrived at Elgin Station he was handed a telegram from Lord Clinton announcing that the first trees had already been planted in Flashdown Wood in Devon. Today, some of the same Douglas firs, larch and beech trees stand at around 40 meters tall.

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Directions

By train from Exeter (Tarka Line) stop at Eggesford Station. From the platform exit, turn right and cross Eggesford Bridge then turn right at Cott Cross.

By bus (5C Exeter - Chulmleigh) or train from Barnstaple (Tarka Line) stop at Eggesford Station. From Eggesford Station cross the level crossing from the A377 to Wembworthy/Winkleigh then turn right at Cott Cross. 

Follow the road up the hill and take the unmarked left turn into Flashdown Plantation (1/3 mile, 1/2 km from Cotts Cross).

Discover the great historic importance of Eggesford Forest today

Eggesford Forest is home to the very first trees planted by the newly created Forestry Commission in 1919 within Flashdown Wood.

Since then, the forest has continued to gather mementos of the past with several commemorative tree avenues, and a granite stone unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1956 to mark the millionth acre of Forestry Commission planting.

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Eggesford Forest Eggesford EX18 7LD

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Exeter City Council The historic Exeter Ship Canal first opened to shipping in 1566 and was the first canal to be built in Britain since Roman times. The Canal runs through an area of outstanding and protected natural beauty and is a fantastic site to tie-up for a few days.

You can visit the Exeter canal and base your boat there for a few days, or all year round.

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The canal basin and quay are an historic gateway to the city and provides ample parking with easy access to sports, recreation and shops.

This area is a mix of old and new building and provides moorings for a wide range of vessels.

A walk or cycle along the tow path brings you to the Double Locks pub, or the Turf Hotel at the furthest reach of the canal.

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River and Canal office, Exeter City Council, Haven Road, Exeter. EX2 8DU

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Friends of Shillingford Wood

This is a community project to purchase Shillingford woods for the enjoyment and benefit of the local community.
The woods cover an area of nearly 12 acres, covering a hill side in Shillingford St George.
The wood is an ancient woodland and in the springtime is full of blue bells. It is also a haven for many animals and insects.
There is a "permissive" path through the woods, which twists and turns.
Any money raised will go towards buying this wood and associated costs.

https://www.friendsofshillingfordwood.org.uk/ 

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