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The Bear Trail in Cullompton

The Bear Trail in Cullompton

Looking for a day out that is super fun for tots to teens? As long as you’re up for getting a bit mucky, the The Bear Trail in Devon is one to check out.

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We first visited The Bear Trail near Cullompton when it opened in 2016. So it was great to return and see what’s been added to this family-friendly assault course, where getting muddy is essential.

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What is The Bear Trail?

View across obstacles at The Bear Trail in Devon

It’s a family-friendly obstacle course with 30 activities including mud slides, rope bridges, zip wires, scrambling nets and tunnels set across a 10-acre site.

The mud slide was a particular hit with my kids, who went round again and again.

Even on a hot day like the one when we visited, the course is watered down so there will always be mud.

Here’s some more outdoor attractions and places to visit in Devon.

What age is this family assault course best for?

Child on zipline at The Bear Trail

The Bear Trail is awesome for primary schoolers right through to teens. Adults who enjoy a physical challenge will love it too. My husband and I had a blast!

Back when we visited in 2016 my kids were three and one, which I would say is maybe a bit young to make the most of it. They still had fun but got more out of it this time when they were six and eight.

The course is in a field but you could navigate it with a robust pushchair.

As well as the family assault course, you can also book into Bear Town, which is an imaginative role play centre here. This is set up fo pre-schoolers.

Find more things to do with toddlers in Devon.

What do you wear to The Bear Trail?

Family on climbing wall above muddy puddle

Come prepared to get muddy! Old clothes that you don’t mind getting stained or ripped are a must.

You also need sturdy shoes or wellington boots that you can rinse out. Your feet will be getting wet!

You’re also going to need a change of clothes to go home in.

Handy things to know

  • The Bear Trail is open weekends and daily in school holidays from March to October each year
  • Sessions last three hours and must be booked in advance.
  • There is free parking on site.


There is a shower block with hot water and changing rooms. Bring your own towel.

There are also toilets.

Food at The Bear Trail

The Bear Cave Cafe

You can pick up reasonably priced got and cold food like wraps and pizzas from the Bear Cave Cafe. Or you can bring your own picnic.

There are picnic tables outdoors and indoors in the barn.

Our top tips for visiting

  • Bring plenty of water, sun hats and sun cream – the course is all out in the open 
  • Bring a bin liner to take your muddy clothes home in
  • The obstacles near the entrance are the busiest when the session starts, so fast forward to the back of the course. We found the course became much quieter half way through the three hour session.
Child on mud slide

Are dogs allowed?

Yes, your dog is allowed to come with you to The Bear Trail but must be kept on a lead.

Find more dog-friendly days out in Devon.

How much is The Bear Trail?

Find the latest booking information and prices on the website.

Where is The Bear Trail in Devon? 

Here’s the address including postcode: Cullompton, Mid-Devon, EX15 1RZ.

Get a while to stay? Check out my full guide to family holidays in Devon.

Looking for more ideas for things to do in the area? Check out more things to do in Mid Devon with kids.

You might also like my itinerary for a budget day out in Exeter, more things to do in and around Exeter and our recommended places to visit in East Devon.

Disclosure: we were invited for a session at The Bear Trail in exchange for coverage on Devon with Kids.

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mrs k pannell

Sunday 1st of August 2021

My daughter's and grandchildren came to bear trail I don't know who had most fun the kids or the adults eventhelittle2 year old joined in certainly worth a visit

Claire Hall

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

It's definitely one for big kids too :)

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