Favourite Devon Walks
  Popular Haldon & Obelisk Walks
2 Popular Walks
Haldon Haldon
Walk 1 Obelisk
 3 miles (1h 20)
 difficulty 2/4 (easy)
Walk 2 Obelisk
 1.2 miles (30 mins)
 difficulty 1/4 (easy)

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

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 Interest Haldon Obelisk
view Exe Estuary
parking Free Mamhead Car Park or smaller Car Park
parking From Exeter,branch off the A38 onto the A380 to Torquay; at the top of Telegraph Hill turn left towards Starcross
Walk 1
Obelisk (3 miles)


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

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 walk pdf


Walk 2
Obelisk (1.2 miles)


A shorter and equally pleasant walk to the obelisk.

This is one of our 'Thirty Five Minute Walks'
parking Free Mamhead Car Park
 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.