We are based in the heart of the Clinton Devon Estate in a beautiful woodland adjacent to Dalditch Common; an area of outstanding natural beauty. Exmouth Forest School was created by a passionate team of trained Forest School Leaders who set up our sister Forest School, Exeter Forest School.
Manager of Exmouth Forest School, Nick Murphy, came to East Devon in 2004 to embark on a degree in Music. It was here that he met and lived with Chris White (Exeter Forest School) who inspired Nick to work with his love of the outdoors and share it for the benefit of others. Soon after completing his studies, Nick was volunteering at various events, which in turn led to him becoming a qualified Forest School Practitioner, opening our Exmouth site in 2014.
Our Exmouth site offers the ideal setting for our Forest School activities. Leeford Woods is a large area of predominantly Spruce Woodland, offering the original Scandinavian Forest School feel. Situated at the top of Salterton Road, it is an idyllic setting just minutes from Exmouth and its surrounding towns. We also have access from the cycle path to Budleigh, allowing you to have a totally carbon neutral day out.
Forest School is all about reconnecting with your natural surroundings, building confidence through traditional activities and team-work. Our Toddler Clubs, Home Ed sessions, Holiday Clubs and Birthday Parties will get you and your children outdoors, smiling and learning.
We are very grateful to Clinton Devon Estates for the opportunity to use their land for Exmouth Forest School. It has been a pleasure working with John Wilding, who sees our partnership as a wonderful way to carry on Clinton Devon Estates’ excellent work in connecting communities with the countryside.
Leeford Woods, Knowle Hill, Exmouth, Devon EX9 7AL
Follow Salterton road (B3178) out of Exmouth towards Budleigh Salterton, passing the recycling centre on your left.
At the roundabout on Knowle Hill turn left onto the B3179 towards Exeter, and 20 yards up the hill on the right hand side, you will see our signed entrance. Drive slowly through the gate down the track as far as you can to the car-parking area.
From the M5
Exit the M5 at junction 30. Follow signs for A376 Exmouth.
At the next roundabout follow signs to Exmouth A376, 3rd exit.
At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the B3179, signposted to Budleigh Salterton.
Once you have passed through Woodbury turn right, signposted for Budleigh Salterton.
At ‘T” junction turn right onto the B3180 signposted for Exmouth / B’Salterton.
Continue on this road for 2 miles as it becomes the B3179.
After the sharp right, followed by a sharp left you will head down hill; look out for an upcoming roundabout with a sign for “Devon Cliffs and Country Life Park. Just before this sign is our gateway on the left.
Drive slowly through the gate down the track as far as you can to the car-parking area.
Cycle route from Exmouth
Starting from Phear Park in Exmouth cycle away from the tennis courts to the far left of the park. As you near the far side of the park you come to a path which crosses your path. TURN LEFT along the path. Cycle along the path for about half a mile and at the end of the path TURN RIGHT on to Bradham Lane.
Cycle 100 yards to the end of the road and TURN LEFT AND THEN TURN SECOND RIGHT (after 50 yards) along Littleham Road. Cycle along Littleham Road and follow the road around to the right as it runs on to Cranford Ave, then TURN FIRST LEFT up Jarvis Close.
Cycle to the end of Jarvis Close and then continue along the path straight in front of you. This is the start of the old railway line which is now a cycle path. Cycle along the path and after 150 yards it takes you straight across Littleham Road.
You now cycle along the tree lined trail as it takes you out of Exmouth along the route of the old railway line towards Knowle. As you leave the suburbs of Exmouth the trail takes you under Capel Lane and into open countryside.
After about 1 mile you pass under the bridge for Castle Lane and a little further on under the bridge for the B1378 from Budleigh Salterton. Another quarter mile will bring you to a gate on the left hand side which is signposted for a vinery. Go through the gate and about 50 feet in there is a trail going left, up the hill to our site.