Killerton dog walk
Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter, EX5 3LERoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
This is a circular walk with wide open space for dogs to be exercised on and off the lead. Enjoy far-reaching views and rolling Devon countryside.
There is an admission charge for this walk (NT members free).
- Bus stop
Start: Killerton car park
Starting from the visitor car park, head towards the stable-block to Visitor Reception. Once you're through here turn right onto the main path towards the house. Walk towards the house, you will see a path on your right after the log stepping stones, follow this and head up the hill (steep incline). Sheep and lambs sometimes graze this area, during these times please keep your dog on a lead.
At the top of the hill the path will go right, you'll need to leave the path and go straight on towards the metal gate ahead of you. Once through the gate continue straight on. Sometime there are cattle grazing this area, so please keep your dog in sight and under control. The path will split but continue forward and follow the bend of the hill towards the right. You will eventually come to a wooden kissing gate.
Follow the well-trodden path right and eventually you will see a wooden gate leading into a wood. Go through this and follow the path, but don't forget to stop and look at the beautiful Devon view on your right before you walk on.
Take a moment and enjoy the Devon views from this hill top walk. Killerton is a 6,399 acre working estate with 18 farms and over 200 cottages. This land was donated to the National Trust by the Acland family due to their political beliefs, to ensure these communities and views could remain for generations to enjoy.
Keep following the footpath. Eventually it will split into two, take the path on the right.
The path will split again, this time go left up the hill. As you climb the hill the path will break, take the path on the right.
You'll come into a clearing and the path will split into three, take the middle one up the hill to the right. Keep on the path and carry straight on. Eventually you will have two wooden gates appear. Go through the one on the right. Once through, turn left down the hill.
As you're walking down the hill to your left you will notice Killerton's hillside garden behind the fence. You will be able to see the memorial cross, erected in 1873 for Sit Thomas Dyke Acland, 10 Baronet, by his friends.
At the bottom of the hill on the left, there is a wooden kissing gate, go through this and carry straight on. You will be able to see the Stable-block and your starting point in the distance. Carry on forward past Killerton house, you will see a wooden gate on the left. From here you can make your way back to the stable-block for a well earned rest and cup of tea.
As you walk to the stable-block look left and see the hillside garden as it was meant to be viewed. Designed by John Veitch when the house was built in 1778. The house, once home to Devon's oldest family, the Aclands. The building was only meant to be a temporary home until they built a grand mansion in the hillside. Due to a variety of reasons, the grand mansion was never built, but instead the temporary house became the family home and the one you see today.
End: Killerton car park
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 2.5 miles
- Time: 1 hour
The woodland paths can get muddy in places. There is a steep incline at the start of the walk. Please keep dogs on a lead when sheep are grazing the parkland.
- How to get here:
By bike: National Cycle Network, number 52
By bus: Stagecoach in Devon 1/A/B, Exeter to Tiverton Parkway, alight at Killerton then 0.75 mile (1.2km) walk
By train: Pinhoe (not Sun) 4.5 miles (7.2km); Whimple 6 miles (9.7km); Exeter and St Davids 7 miles (11.3km)
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
Dog friendly cafe and shop are open everyday. Toilets and dog wash-off in the visitor car park.
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