Deodar Glen Walk
Discover Park Wood, Deodar Glen and The Plains before finishing with a close-up view of the old quarry and extinct volcano. The picturesque views at Killerton are brought to life on this dog-friendly walk. Please keep your dog on a lead where we are grazing sheep and ponies, and keep an eye on your dog around wildlife and cattle.
A great dog-friendly walk through the park.
From visitor reception turn right and right again uphill past the chapel grounds.
At the crossroads, continue straight on and go through the black metal gates on your right following the sign to Deer Park and The Plains.
Continue straight ahead onto a wide path that is the historic carriage drive, crossing over a track and continuing straight ahead through Deer Park. Generations of the Acland family used this drive to enjoy the parkland.
This is a traditional parkland landscape dotted with ancient oak trees. Some are more than 600 years old and are home to fungi and insects - and the bats and birds that feed off them.
Bear round to the left to a kissing gate, passing the bench overlooking the local hamlet of Ellerhayes. Go through the gate and follow signs to Park Wood. Continue along the carriage drive, passing under The Clump and The Plains.
Where the paths meet, follow the sign left towards Deodar Glen, heading uphill. Keep walking until the path forks, then take the smaller path to the right.
Keep following signs to Park Wood. Cross the nineteenth century deer park pale, a stone-faced ditch built to keep deer in the park.
Along this walk you will spot deep ditches against stone walls. These are the eighteenth century deer park pales. The pale, or "goyle", works the same as a ha-ha, a sunken stretch of ground like a modern day cattle grid, keeping deer out of the garden but close to the house. This reflects the leisure activities of the Acland family. Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, the 7th Baronet, was a keen stag hunter and constructed the pales to enclose a former medieval hunting ground to the north of Dolbury Hill.
Bear right at the junction. Emerge into a valley reaching a bench. This is Deodar Glen.
Deodar Glen is where the Aclands recreated an alpine or Himalayan valley planted with cedars and mountain boulders. The glen is named after the Deodar cedars that are planted here. This landscape design was inspired by Picturesque art, overseas travel and Victorian plant hunters. Sadly the mountain boulders never quite made it Killerton.
With the bench behind you, go straight uphill to a kissing gate. Turn left along the path through another kissing gate to The Plains, home to ancient trees, including two giant redwoods that stand guard over this landscape. Continue ahead following signs towards Deer Park and follow the track down to a gate.
To the right is an old quarry. The exposed rock face is volcanic lava now stained green with mosses and lichens. The rock here was used to build Killerton chapel.
Bear right, following a path towards the black metal gates. To return to where the walk started follow the sign to Stables Cafe and Shop. Alternatively, if you aren't walking your dog, you can turn right after the gate and continue on this path to Rookery Gate to reach the garden and house.
Visitor reception or garden
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