Eggesford Forest

Heywood Wood in Eggesford Forest is a 3-mile (4.8km) Forestry Commission trail ideally suited for mountain bikes due to the variety of rough surfaces. The trail is clearly waymarked. Follow the wooden posts marked with a red band.

This fun route through the wood rises and falls with some steeper sections.


Heywood Wood is located at Eggesford, near Exeter.

Let’s Pedal

From Heywood Wood car park, return to the lane then turn right. Pass Heywood House Farm and turn right heading downhill on the forest path.

Take the left path waymarked with the red-banded wooden post towards Hilltown car park.

Route Distance

FromToDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Heywood WoodHilltown Car Park34.8


There are no refreshment stops on the trail itself, but the nearby garden centre has a café:

Eggesford Garden & Country Centre, Eggesford, Nr Chulmleigh, EX18 7QU

There are also public houses in nearby Chulmleigh.


Toilets are located at:

Hilltown Wood Car Park

No Cycle Hire available.

Tourist information available at:

Hilltown Wood Car Park

How to get here

By Car

Reach Heywood Wood by taking the A377 from Eggesford Station then take the road signposted for Wembworthy and shortly after a road signposted the same. Climb for 1 mile and take the right turning signposted Bridge Reeve. Follow the road for half a mile after Wembley Outdoor Centre and the car park is on your left.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available next to the trail at these locations:

Station Car ParkLocationPostcode
Heywood WoodWembworthy, ChulmleighEX18 7QR
Hilltown WoodChawleigh, ChulmleighEX18 7LD

By Cycle

The closest National Cycle Network Route is 27 at Meeth (Traka Trail). This is some miles from Eggesford Forest.

By Train



  • Distance (miles): 3
  • Distance (km): 4.8
  • Start: Heywood Wood
  • Finish: Hilltown Wood
  • Type: Forest trail
  • Surface: Stone, earth
  • Sat Nav: EX18 7QR


  • Car Park
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information
  • Cycle Hire
  • Refreshments

Cycle Hire

No cycle hire available here.

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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