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Killerton ancient trees walk


This walk highlights some of the many ancient trees around the garden and park, including gnarled old sweet chestnuts that were planted around 250 years ago, but do look around you as you follow the walk for many more.

Ancient Oak tree at Killerton
Explore Killerton's ancient trees National Trust Images / Stephen Robson


Map route for Killerton ancient trees walk
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Visitor car park, grid ref: SS973001


From the car park, walk through the stable block and turn right, following the footpath towards the path into the chapel grounds.

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Leaving the chapel by the wooden gate at the top, follow the track and turn right towards the wrought iron fence and gate by the balancing plank. Go through the gate into the open parkland. Continue straight ahead and then turn left along the track.


Along this track are stunning views over the estate and ancient oak trees that once lined the field boundaries. Some of these are more than 600 years old. These trees are of great ecological value and provide an important habitat to a variety of insects, fungi, lichen and bats. Killerton is home to more than 12 species of bats.


Bear left into the plain of the park, an open area with ancient birches, redwoods and thorns. One of the thorns in the left hand corner dates back to the early 1800s.

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Head towards the top right corner of the plain and go through the wooden gate, then turn left through another gate onto the Iron Age hill fort.


Go across the clump and straight over the cross roads in the path. Head towards the wrought iron fencing that encloses the garden and through the gate into the garden.


Head down through the garden looking out for the old sweet chestnuts, the giant redwood and a wide range of unusual trees.

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Follow the garden path past the front of the house, through the garden gate and head down the drive back to your start point.

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Visitor car park, grid ref: SS973001

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Killerton ancient trees walk


Easy terrain in general, with some uphill sections.

Dogs are welcome in the park but sorry, not in the chapel grounds or garden.

Killerton ancient trees walk

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Killerton ancient trees walk

How to get here

Killerton Estate, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE
By train

Pinhoe, not Sunday, 4.5 miles (7km); Whimple, 6 miles (9km); Exeter Central and St David's, both 7 miles (11km); Tiverton Parkway, 9 miles (14km).

By road

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.

By bus

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

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 52.

Killerton ancient trees walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome in the park but not in the chapel grounds or garden