Killerton toddler and buggy walk

Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter, EX5 3LE

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See the dragon's toes © H Trebble

See the dragon's toes

Take the rustic bridge over the ha-ha ditch © K Tuke

Take the rustic bridge over the ha-ha ditch

How many of you does it take to ring around the redwood? © Rodger Coluom

How many of you does it take to ring around the redwood?

Route overview

This mini 1.5 mile walk is suitable for mums, dads, pushchair passengers and toddlers. The walk takes you through the park and then into the hillside garden along the paved route suitable for little legs and pushchair wheels. 

Route details

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Map showing route of the buggy and toddler walk
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Stable-block, Latitude 50.7911. Longitude -3.45380

  1. From the stable-block turn right and follow the path towards the house.

    Show/HideDragon's toes

    This is the start of our Dragon play trail which takes you up and into the woods to discover the myth of our resident dragon, Dolbury. You can pick up a trail sheet from admissions or the discovery centre for £1.

    See the dragon's toes © H Trebble
  2. Once you are in front of the house go through the gate and the far end of the forecourt and go into the garden.

  3. Once you've gone into the garden follow the path and then turn right past the restaurant and up the hill. The path then turns round to the left, follow it and go straight on.

  4. Keep walking and follow the route as it turns to the right and up the hill towards a memorial cross.

  5. As the path meanders to the right go over the rustic bridge. Keep walking straight on sticking to the gravel path.

    Show/HideRustic bridge

    First built in 1808 this beautiful bridge was constructed as a path over the ditch, also known as a ha-ha. This ha-ha ditch was originally built to keep deer out of the garden when the surrounding land was a deer park.

    Take the rustic bridge over the ha-ha ditch © K Tuke
  6. Follow the path around to the right and walk back down the hill. When you reach an adjoining path, turn left back towards the restaurant and house. Walk back out of the garden into the park, the stable-block will be straight ahead.

    Show/HideGiant redwood

    The tallest tree in the garden, it was planted in 1860 and measures 37m high with a 7m girth. How many of you does it take to make a ring around the trunk?

    How many of you does it take to ring around the redwood? © Rodger Coluom

End: Stable-block. Latitude 50.7911. Longitude -3.45380

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1.5 mile, 2km
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • OS Map: Landranger 192
  • Terrain:

    Fairly easy terrain along gravel paths. Some steepish inclines up and down, wheelchair and pushchair accessible. Guide dogs only allowed in the garden.

  • How to get here:

    By bike: National Cycle Network Route 52, see Sustrans

    By bus: Services 1/1A/1B from Exeter to Tiverton, alight Killerton aka Silverton Turn, ½ mile (0.8 km) walk to house 

    By train: Pinhoe, not Sunday, 4.5 miles (7.2 km); Whimple, 6 miles (9.7 km); Exeter Central and St David's, both 7 miles (11.2 km)

    By car: Off Exeter to Cullompton road (B3181); from M5 northbound, exit 30 via Pinhoe and Broadclyst; from M5 southbound, exit 28

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