Best Haldon & Obelisk Walks

stunning views
View from Obelisk
1 hour walks
Select Your WalkWalk 1 (3 miles)Walk 2 (1.2 miles)
  Obelisk Obelisk

This part of Haldon is still free from racing cyclists and is therefore much preferred by walkers.

Where to Eat?
The Haldon Grill EX6 7XW

The obelisk dates back to 1742 when it was constructed by Thomas Balle, owner of Mamhead, to serve as a landmark for ships sailing up the Exe.

Here you can enjoy a picnic and truly breathtaking views of Exeter and the estuary.

Point of InterestHaldon Obelisk
viewExe Estuary
parkingFree Mamhead Car Park or smaller Car Park
parkingFrom Exeter, branch off the A38 onto the A380 to Torquay; at the top of Telegraph Hill turn left towards Starcross , signed Old Haldon Hill.
Caution:After about a while , where road splits, take right fork. Continue for another mile. Car Park on Left.

Walk 1 Obelisk (3 miles)



An easy and very popular circular walk through Haldon forest past the obelisk, towering above Mamhead.

View of East Devon from Obelisk

The route joins an area used for exercising Huskies - so be prepared !

Just before your return, a recent clearing of forest land has created unique views of the coastline between Exmouth & Dawlish.


3 miles
main roads
0 %
altitude range
212 - 247 m
quality of track
map of walkpdf

Walk 2 Haldon Revised Obelisk Walk

 Walks near Haldon Obelisk
 Little Switzerland (cyclist free)
This peaceful walk is virtually cyclist free and culminates in a track through a rich forest similar to those found in Switzerland or Germany.
This is one of our most popular walks following public footpaths and quiet lanes.
A delightful walk from Kenn into Haldon.You will be rewarded with commanding views of a part of Devon that hasn't changed for centuries.

There are no steep climbs.

Walk 2 Obelisk (1.2 miles)


A shorter and equally pleasant walk to the obelisk. It follows most of the 'Mamhead Sensory Trail' marked on the map in purple then deviates (marked in blue).

Download map of
Mamhead Sensory Trail
This is one of our 'Thirty Minute Walks'
parkingFree Mamhead Car Park

Walk 2