Killerton park cycle trail

Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon EX5 3LE

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The chapel was built in 1841 and replaced the private chapel at Columbjohn © Ruth Luckhurst

The chapel was built in 1841 and replaced the private chapel at Columbjohn

Trees on Dolbury Hill in the garden at Killerton House, Devon © Malcolm Jarvis

Trees on Dolbury Hill in the garden at Killerton House, Devon

A view of Killerton House from the parkland © Andrew Butler

A view of Killerton House from the parkland

Explore the parkland on two wheels. © Crown copyright and database rights 2012 Ordnance Survey 100023974

Explore the parkland on two wheels.

Route overview

This family cycle track follows a safe circular route around the historic and picturesque parkland at Killerton, starting and finishing at Killerton's stable-block. Discover areas of the estate you’ve not yet explored and enjoy far stretching views along the way.  This cycle track has been developed in partnership between National Trust and the Devon County Council Leisure Cycling Project. 

 

Route details

See this step-by-step route marked on a map

The route around Killerton's park, starting at the stable-block
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Killerton stable-block, grid ref: SS975001

  1. Once you make your way through the stable-block turn right then right again and up the hill. The cycle path is clearly marked through out the route.

    Show/HideChapel

    Built in 1841 this stunning building was designed for the Great Sir Thomas Acland. The chapel is open to visitors and inside you will see the beautiful stain glass window and alter.

    The chapel was built in 1841 and replaced the private chapel at Columbjohn © Ruth Luckhurst
  2. As you follow the waymarkers, you will notice the hill on your left, also known as Dolubry hill.

    Show/HideDolbury Hill

    Archaeological findings show that at Dolbury Hill there was an Iron Age hill fort. Within the hill-top mound there's reputedly a treasure horde guarded by the Killerton dragon. The friendly dragon - nicknamed 'Dolbury' - is a local legend to this day.

    Trees on Dolbury Hill in the garden at Killerton House, Devon © Malcolm Jarvis
  3. Follow the waymarkers around the track, back towards the stable-block, where you began your cycle route.

    Show/HideKillerton house

    In the distance on your left as you make your way back to the stable-block you'll see the 18th-century house, once owned by the Aclands. You can explore this relaxed and friendly house, discover its past and see this years costume exhibition 'Gems'. Open everyday from 9 March to 30 October, 11am to 5pm.

    A view of Killerton House from the parkland © Andrew Butler
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    Explore the parkland on two wheels. © Crown copyright and database rights 2012 Ordnance Survey 100023974

End: Stable-block, grid ref: SS975001

  • Trail: Cycling
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 3 miles (5km)
  • Time: 1 hour
  • OS Map: Landranger 192; Explorer 114
  • Terrain:

    This cycle track follows a safe and scenic circular route along rural tracks and quiet country lanes. A steep assent at the start with a few miles of unsurfaced track. Can get muddy in winter. The route is clearly waymarked along the track.

  • How to get here:

    By bike: National Cycle Network Route 52, see Sustrans

    By bus: Stagecoach in Devon 1/A/B, Exeter to Tiverton Parkway, alight at Killerton then 0.75 mile (1.2km) walk

    By car: Follow Exeter to Cullompton on B3181; from M5 northbound, exit junction 30 via Pinhoe and Broadclyst; from M5 southbound, exit junction 28. Parking is free. Postcode for SatNav: EX5 3LE