Escape to the captivating charm of Hatherleigh's hidden treasure, Honeydown. Immerse yourself in an oak woodland oasis, where tranquility reigns and wildlife thrives. Discover the enchantment of this idyllic location and create cherished memories surrounded by nature's embrace.
honeydown plantation is an old oak woodland covering over 15 acres which, according to info gleaned from historic maps, has occupied this area for at least 200 years. the ground conditions and ancient hedge banks suggest it’s probably been the home to a woodland for much longer but we’ve had no luck finding evidence of this. we do know some of the oak trees appear to have been planted to contribute towards replenishing the nations timber stocks following the two world wars.
but now the woodland is no longer a managed commercial plantation it is our ambition to diversify the tree species here and develop the habitat into a more natural woodland ecosystem. a quarter of the woodland is being allowed to rewild naturally and a woodland diversification and restocking programme is being rolled out over the coming years across the remaining site to ensure a vibrant habitat for wildlife and plant species is created for future generations to enjoy.
The woodland is surrounded by a working farm so the only neighbours you’re likely to meet here are sheep. honeydown is in west devon, close to the edge of cornwall. mid way between dartmoor and the north devon coast, the perfect gateway for wild moorland walks and bracing dips in the sea.
easily accessed by car; or lower your footprint and travel by train, the nearest station is a 15 minute taxi journey from honeydown. let us arrange bicycle hire for you – you’re surrounded by cycle routes here, including the tarka trail which is one of the country’s longest continuous traffic free paths.
check out our explore page for further information on the best things to see and do around honeydown.
honeydown is located in west devon, between exeter and the west coast of cornwall. we have easy road access from the north and east via the m5 and a30.
for public transport, exeter st davids railway station is well served with trains from most areas of the uk (including a direct train from london paddington). from here there is a train to okehampton which brings you 15 mins away from honeydown by bus or taxi. the nearest bus stop is a 10 min walk from honeydown.