Our Easter weekend was fairly relaxed, with a few visitors, lots of coffee, Easter treats, beach time and a family walk in Haldon Forest. As a child, I went on (endured) lots of long family walks. I enjoyed exploring wonderful woodlands, clambering and climbing on the huge rocks of Dartmoor, splashing about in the sea and building castles on the beach, or falling in the huge hole we’d just dug like I once did! I loved the outdoors and still do, luckily Daddy Pig shares my same enthusiasm of exploration so we both want Phoebe to enjoy this side of life by getting her out and being in the fresh open air.
On Saturday, I knew there would be some semi okay weather in the morning so suggested a walk in Haldon Forest, as neither daddy pig or Phoebe have been there before and being only a 20 minute drive away from Exeter, it was ideal.
It’s perfect as it has something for everyone. You can choose a slow gentle walk all the way up a long much harder walk, get muddy mountain biking on one of the many different routes and spend the whole day strolling and exploring, stopping at gorgeous picnic sites scattered across the 3,500 acres of woodland.
We choose the discovery trail (see details below) which ended up looping onto the stick man trial, we of course did it in reverse, but who cares there is no wrong or right way when your surrounded by nature!
Grade of Trail: Easy
Trail Way marking:
Length of trail: 1.5 miles
The Discovery Trail is suitable for all ages.
This is a great all-ability trail for walkers and beginner cyclists. It would also make for a great trail for those who enjoy jogging.There are fun features along the route for children, regular resting points and some stunning views to be enjoyed. This level, well surfaced trail uses the ‘Access for All’ standard suitable for wheelchairs and prams, and there are regular resting points.
Phoebe throughly enjoyed exploring the forest, playing with all random activities dotted around the woods and having the freedom of being outside. The hand holding however was an issue and we had a few moments where the minx broke free.
Of course we let her explore but at times is got busy and some areas were a little unsafe for an almost 2 year old. We left the stroller in the car as the wilful toddler loves walking and it would have only caused a huge tantrum among the twigs and leaves, so when her little legs couldn’t go on anymore Daddy Pig gave her a shoulder ride with a view!
Overall it was a fabulous family walk that completely wiped Phoebe out, luckily she didn’t sleep in the car (loud music & crazy singing) and after lunch she had an epic nap. We can’t wait to go back and see what more Haldon forest has to offer. Next time we will defiantly be taking our big toddler back pack/carrier thing, a loaded picnic and more change for the car park.
Where do you enjoy taking the kids for a run around and some good old fresh air? let me know what your favourite outdoor actives are and any tips from seasoned parents.