Killerton to Clyston Mill walk

Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE

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See the beautiful garden at the back of this 1950's post office © Malcolm Jarvis

See the beautiful garden at the back of this 1950's post office

The sweeping Devon hills and countryside as part of the wider estate  © National Trust

The sweeping Devon hills and countryside as part of the wider estate

See this 200 year old mill still grinding flour for the main house © M. Jarvis

See this 200 year old mill still grinding flour for the main house

Route overview

This family-friendly walk takes you from Killerton to the neighbouring village of Broadclyst. Take in the rural landscape as you stroll through farmland and stunning Devonshire countryside.

Route details

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The route on OS map to Clyston Mill from Killerton
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Start: Stable-block, latitude 50.791138, longitude -3.453805

  1. Come out of the stable-block and turn right down the drive towards the gate. Be careful when crossing the road, cross over towards a wooden gate into Sparrow park and walk straight ahead.

  2. Once at the other end of Sparrow park walk through the wooden gate and carry on forward. You will see Budlake Old Post Office to your right.

    Show/HideBudlake Post Office

    This small thatched cottage was the village post office, serving Killerton house and the local community until the 1950s. The cottage has a beautiful garden with rose borders and herb and vegetable plots. The post office is open to visit from 1 April to 30 October on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 2 to 5pm.

    See the beautiful garden at the back of this 1950's post office © Malcolm Jarvis
  3. Once you're over the bridge keep walking and take the first right. Follow the pathway for a while then you will see a wooden way marker directing you right to a footpath off the main path. Follow this around a cottage and keep walking until you reach the main road.

  4. Once you have walked along the side of the main road take the first right and follow the path.

  5. Once you come to a number of farm houses you will see a wooden gate. Go through it and keep going forward towards a second gate; go through this and follow the path.

    Show/HideEstate farms

    Killerton is a 6,400 acre farming estate with 18 farms, a community farm, 32 acres of allotments and 52 acres of traditional orchards. As you walk to Clyston Mill you will pass a number of farms as part of the estate.

    The sweeping Devon hills and countryside as part of the wider estate  © National Trust
  6. Eventually the path will turn right, continue to follow this path until you reach the Mill.

    Show/HideClyston Mill

    The historic water-powered mill is in a picturesque setting by the river Clyst, surrounded by farmland and orchards. Grain is still ground here to make flour, keeping alive traditional skills. The mill is open from 1 April to 30 October on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. The mill is open on Saturdays during school holidays, 2 to 5pm, and is free for NT members.

    See this 200 year old mill still grinding flour for the main house © M. Jarvis
  7. From the Mill you can walk to Broadclyst village, or turn around and repeat the route back to Killerton.

End: Killerton stable-block, latitude 50.7911, longitude -3.45380

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 6 miles (10Km)
  • Time: 2.5 hours
  • OS Map: Landranger 192
  • Terrain:

    A flat, surfaced path from beginning to end, but can have a number of large puddles when wet. Pathways shared with cyclists and horse riders through farmland and along quiet country lanes. 

  • 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 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

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