Mamhead view point and sensory trail is one of our all time favourite dog walks. It is an easy and relatively flat route with paved footpaths. We have been enjoying this walk for years and thought it was about time the we shared some of our secret walks with you all!
When the girls were small Mamhead was the perfect place to walk the dogs, push a buggy and enjoy some peace. As they grew and decided they wanted to walk it was ideal for their little legs as you can make this walk as long or as short as you want. There is a short and long loop that are signposted, but you could spend ages wondering around and venturing off the beaten track. We have discovered fantastic places to build dens, pick wild blueberries and play on the hidden rope swings - you have to explore your surrounding. If you want to stay longer take a picnic, there are several tables located around the looped walks. We have also been lucky enough to see a variety of wild life, including deer and adders... make sure you keep your eyes peeled!
This is a favoured spot for dog walkers, as you can run your dogs off lead. Our dogs LOVE running in through the woods finding new sniffs and smells and enjoying the freedom. There are several poo bins conveniently located around the looped walks but no rubbish bins, so make sure you take all rubbish home with you!
The most wonderful thing about walking at Mamhead is reaching the obelisk and view point. The obelisk is just off the track but at 100ft high you can't miss it, it was built in the 1740's as a marker for mariners... wonder just to the left of the obelisk and you are greeted by the most spectacular views of the Devon countryside and coastline.
If you visit the Forestry Commission website you can download a the sensory adventure pdf. It encourages you to look, listen, explore and enjoy your surroundings.
Everything you need to know
- Situated near Haldon forest, Mamhead view point and sensory trail is 15 minutes from Exeter and 10 minutes from Newton Abbot. It is easy to access from the A380.
- Free parking on site
- Short Loop - 1 mile
- Long Loop - 1.75 miles
Suitable for walking with:
Please note before you visit:
- You can not ride a bike or a horse on this walk
- There are no toilet facilities
- Although paved, the footpath on the long loop can get muddy so make sure that you take your wellies!