Top five places for a picnic

Find a picnic spot for an al fresco lunch at Killerton, Devon

We all love a picnic on a warm summer's day. Here's five of our favourite picnic spots for you to enjoy. Left the hamper at home? You can pick up food to go from the cafés and buy Killerton estate apple juice in the shop.

1. The garden lawn

A great place in beautiful setting of the garden. On the main lawn, little ones can play with the garden games, or there are plenty of quieter spots to find.

There's always a sunny spot on the lawn for a family picnic.
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There's always a sunny spot on the lawn for a family picnic.

2. Sparrow Park orchard

Just a stone's throw from the main car park, you'll find picnic benches scattered among the apple trees. It's full of wildlife all through the year, and comes alive for Killerton's cider and apple festival in October. The orchard is dog friendly, too.

3. Clyston Mill orchard

A real hidden gem, Clyston Mill is working piece of history and still makes flour for Killerton's restaurant using a traditional stone mill. In front of the mill, you'll find a small orchard with picnic benches next to the River Clyst. It's only a short walk from the village of Broadclyst, and there's an off-road cycle path that links to Killerton.

The orchard overlooking Clyston Mill

Clyston Mill

A working watermill nestled by the River Clyst on the Killerton estate

4. Columbjohn

This quiet corner of the estate is full of history. Columbjohn Chapel enjoys a riverside setting and the banks are an idyllic spot for a picnic. It's about a half an hour stroll from visitor reception - ask the friendly team when you arrive. 

5. Deodar Glen

This secret valley was originally designed to resemble an alpine scene, and takes its name from the Deodar cedars that were brought here from the Himalayas. The glen has amazing views of Dartmoor, and is a great place to escape the world for a bite to eat.

Foxgloves in Deodar Glen
Foxgloves in Deodar Glen on the Killerton estate near Exeter
Foxgloves in Deodar Glen