Ashclyst Forest

Pine trees in a plantation with sunlight gleaming through

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In line with government guidance, our countryside space is open for local visitors to access for walks. We ask all visitors to follow guidance on social distancing to keep everyone safe.

A magical forest on the Killerton estate and one of the largest woods in East Devon.

More about this place

Ashclyst Forest

Things to see and do

A wild wood on the Killerton Estate

Ashclyst Forest


Red Admiral butterfly at Killerton

Wildlife at Ashclyst Forest 

The forest is well known for its wildlife. Bluebells carpet the woodland floor in spring, deer can be spotted, and nesting birds fill the tree top canopy, with nightjars churring in summer evenings. Butterflies are the main wildlife attraction in Ashclyst. The mix of habitats supports a great variety, though they fly at different times of the year. The rarest butterflies are the white admiral, small pearl-bordered fritillary, dark green fritillary, purple emperor and silver-washed fritillary. You can expect to see orange-tip, ringlet, common blue, large skipper, gatekeeper, speckled wood, marbled-white and green-veined white too.