Walk - Holdstone Down
2.3 miles (3.7 km)
Overhead barrier car park at Holdstone Down - EX34 0PF Overhead barrier car park at Holdstone Down
Easy - Stony paths and tracks, a quiet country road, gentle ascent and descent
A short walk through a high-level wilderness with ancient settlements, plans for an ambitious Victorian housing estate which fortunately came to nought, and a history of spaceships and extra-terrestrial forces. UFO-spotters regularly gather on the summit of this 'holy mountain' and children will love the mysterious pebble arrows often left around the cairn by 'alien' visitors. An atmospheric walk in autumn, when the rust-coloured bracken is interspersed with banks of purple heather and the last of the butterflies browse among the brambles.