Eggesford Forest

Eggesford Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, is an ideal centre for short walks, fishing and mountain-biking.  The circular walk is dog-friendly and offers unspoilt beauty and charm with a stream and plenty of wildlife and unusual wildflowers as well as an ancient Motte and Bailey castle.

The forest consists of a network of trails and paths that link the different woodlands and also connect to the Tarka rail line at Eggesford Station, All Saints Church and a Garden Centre.  The woods have some magnificent Douglas Fir trees and the woodland provides a diverse habitat for a variety of birds, mammals and insects.

The area by the River Taw is the ideal place to spot some Kingfishers and Otters. Keen fishermen (subject to licences) could also try their luck at catching salmon or trout here (you will need waders to reach the best pools).


Image courtesy of Barrie Cann / Autumn colour in Eggesford Forest / CC BY-SA 2.0

Nature and Wildlife Activity & Adventure



  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Free Entry
  • Leisure Facilities
  • Open All Year
  • Parking
  • Toilets


  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Activity & Adventure