Deer park walk

Walking trail

See these lovely creatures on a misty autumn morning. This walk takes you through ancient woodland and parts of the area designated a wildlife reserve by Miss Rosalie Chichester, the last owner of Arlington Court.

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The car park, garden and toilets at Arlington are open and you need to

book tickets before you visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

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Smallacombe bridge over the River Yeo at Arlington Court


Map route for Arlington Court deer park walk


Outside Old Kitchen tea-room, grid ref: SS611405


This walk is marked with signs with green arrows on them. From the tea-room, follow signs through the garden to the Stables and Carriage Museum. At the gate leading up to the stable yard, look out for the wooden signs with green arrows that direct you to Deerpark Wood. Walk up the track, and bear right through a bit of woodland to emerge next to the Sawmill building.

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Turn right to take the path through woodland to a gate into a field. Go through the gate and bear right. Follow the fence down the hill, until you reach two gates. Go through the left hand gate and follow the path to the left.


After 70m there is a very small path to your right that leads to a bench and viewpoint of the Obelisk and house. Return to the main track to continue the walk

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Following the main track, go down the hill. There is a sharp left hand turn, followed by a gate into the top of Deerpark Wood. Bear left down a steep path. After approximately 50m there is a fork; take the right hand fork down the hill. Stay on this track to reach Tucker's Bridge.

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Turn right and cross Tucker's Bridge. Bear right again and follow the track towards the Lake. Signposted to 'Lake and Arlington Court'.


Stay on the track until you reach Smallacombe Bridge. Do not cross the bridge. Carry on towards the Lake, then turn right across the dam. This is where you can see the bridge piers from. After the dam, bear left alongside the lake. Stay on this track which begins to slope upwards.

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You will also pass Miss Chichester's urn on the left, this marks her favourite spot and is a lovely viewpoint, offering picturesque views of the grounds. Further along you can take the diversion to the bird-hide, then come back to re-join this walk.


Carry on up the slope for 400m, pass through 3 gates and along the monkey puzzle tree-lined avenue. This then joins the surfaced main drive that winds back to the shop, tea-room and toilets.


Outside Old Kitchen tea-room, grid ref: SS611405

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This walk follows footpaths through the estate; some parts can be muddy, some steep.
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Contact us

Telephone: 01271 850296
Deer park walk

How to get here

Arlington Court, Arlington, Near Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4LP
By train

Barnstaple, 10 miles (16km) from Arlington.

By road

9 miles (14.4km) north-east of Barnstaple, off the A39. Postcode for Sat Nav: EX31 4LP.

By foot

From main car park just 200 yards, through reception. Admission charges will apply during the property's opening times throughout the year.

By bus

TW Coaches 309, Barnstaple-Lynton, infrequent.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Regional route 56 passes near property. See sustrans website.

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Facilities and access

  • National Trust car park
  • Tea room