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Haldon & Obelisk stunning views near the obelisk
1 hour walks

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

view Exe Estuary
Point of Interest Haldon Obelisk
parkingFrom Exeter,branch off the A38 onto the A380 to Torquay; at the top of Telegraph Hill turn left towards Starcross
parking Free Mamhead Car Park or smaller Car Park

Walk 1 Obelisk (3 miles)

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

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.


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3 miles
1hr 10 mins
main roads
0 %
altitude range
212 - 247 m
quality of track
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There are no steep climbs.

Walk 2 Obelisk (1.2 miles)

A shorter and equally pleasant walk to the obelisk.

This is one of our 'Thirty Five Minute Walks'

Free Mamhead Car Park

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View of Exe estuary

Walk 1 Haldon Revised Obelisk Walk

Haldon obelisk area

Walk 2

 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.