Danes Wood walk
An enchanting walk through nearby Danes Wood, a haven for wildlife.
Fungi plays an important part in the ecosystem at Killerton
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Stable-block, grid ref: SS975001
From the front of the stable-block turn right onto the drive and follow it past the front of Killerton House, straight on to the gate in the far hedge.
Going through the gate, turn left onto the track and follow it down the edge of Cross Park, to where another track runs away from it to your right.
Don't take this track to the right, but carry straight on to the road.
Cross the road and go through the kissing gate opposite to pick up the footpath which runs alongside the hedge, pulls out past the cottage, and then runs into Broadley Copse.
At the fork in Broadley Copse, take the right-hand path and follow it through the trees and back onto the road.
Turning left onto Danes Hill, walk a little way uphill to Danes Wood and turn right into the car park.
The fungi in Danes Wood, like the insects, have an important part to play in the ecosystem. They're nature's cleaning service, breaking down dead materials, and valuable members of the woodland chain.
Taking the path leading up the steps in the left-hand corner of the car park, circle round the edge of Danes Wood on the track. At the next fork, take the left path then, a short while later, turn left again at the next fork, following the path around the boundary of the wood.
Danes Wood is full of songbirds. Stop to listen and you'll hear the liquid notes of song thrushes, robins and blackbirds, the chirruping and peeping of tits and finches and the harsh cries of jackdaws, jays, rooks and ravens.
At the next junction of paths, take the left fork if you wish to follow the boundary right the way round the wood, otherwise, fork right and continue straight ahead when another path crosses yours.
Look out for butterflies throughout the woods at Killerton. Conservation techniques here, like coppicing and bracken management, are enabling species to flourish which are in decline elsewhere, including the rare pearl-bordered fritillary and the silver-washed fritillary.
When you reach the hedge by the road, turn right and follow the boundary out onto the road at Danes Cross, a short distance later.
On the road, go right a few yards to take the right hand road (Danes Hill) to the gate on the opposite side of the road, which will take you back into Broadley Copse.
Going through the gate, follow the path back through the copse, turning left in the trees and then skirting the cottage to return along the hedge to the gate opposite the track you came down on.
At the bottom of the track, go through the gate, turning right to follow the Front Park fence along the road as far as the pond.
Turn left here and make your way back up through Front Park to the stable-block at the start of the walk.
Stable-block, grid ref: SS975001
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