Killerton dog walk
This is a circular walk with wide open space for dogs to be exercised on and off the lead. Enjoy far-reaching views and rolling Devon countryside. Normal admission charges apply. National Trust members free.
Killerton car park
Starting from the visitor car park, head towards the stable-block to Visitor Reception. Once you're through here turn right onto the main path towards the house. Walk towards the house, you will see a path on your right after the log stepping stones, follow this and head up the hill (steep incline). Please keep your dog on a lead.
Front Park Bank
This area is known as Front Park Bank and is home to many veteran trees. These trees support a huge range of wildlife. The easiest to spot are the rooks and jackdaws that roost in the trees near the Chapel in huge numbers, especially during the winter.
At the top of the hill the path will go right, you'll need to leave the path and go straight on towards the metal gate ahead of you. Once through the gate continue straight on, crossing over a rutted track. Dogs can have fun off the lead in this area but sometimes there are cattle grazing, so please keep your dog in sight and under control. Continue forward and follow the path round to the left revealing great views across a natural valley.
The Deer Park
This part of the Killerton was once managed as a Deer Park. The area in which deer were kept has expanded and contracted many times over the centuries. Wild deer can still be seen in the park, but you'll have to be quiet to spot them.
Follow the well-trodden path around the top of the valley and eventually you will see a wooden gate leading into a wood. Keep your eyes open for an amazing swing on your left - a must-do for the wild at heart! Go through this and follow the path, but don't forget to stop and look at the beautiful Devon view over to Ellerhayes village on your right before you walk on.
Take a moment and enjoy the Devon views from this hill top walk. Killerton is a 6,399 acre working estate with 18 farms and over 200 cottages. This land was donated to the National Trust by the Acland family due to their political beliefs, to ensure these communities and views could remain for generations to enjoy.
Keep following the footpath. Eventually it will split into two, take the path on the right. You can see Ellerhayes car park over to your right hand side and the river Culm. There is a dog bin near the car park should you need to dispose of any dog waste.
The path will split again, this time go left up the hill. As you climb the hill the path will break, take the path on the right.
The Deer Park pales
You will encounter some stone-faced banks and walls. These were part of an elaborate system of banks and paling fences used to keep deer in the deer park. They are protected as Ancient Monuments and have recent forestry work and wall repairs have improved their condition for years to come.
You'll come into a clearing and the path will split into three, take the middle one up the hill to the right. Keep on the path and carry straight on. Eventually you will have two wooden gates appear. Go through the one on the right. Once through, turn left down the hill through the field. If cattle are present then please put your dog on the lead.
As you're walking down the hill to your left you will notice Killerton's hillside garden behind the fence. You will be able to see the memorial cross, erected in 1873 for Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, 10 Baronet, by his friends. Visitors walking their dogs through the beautiful estate.
At the bottom of the hill on the left, there is a wooden kissing gate, go through this and carry straight on. You will be able to see the Stable-block and your starting point in the distance. Carry on forward past Killerton house, you will see a wooden gate on the left. From here you can make your way back to the stable-block for a well earned rest and cup of tea. Remember to put your dog back on its lead when you enter the main drive area.
HIllside garden and house
As you walk to the stable-block look left and see the hillside garden as it was meant to be viewed. Designed by John Veitch when the house was built in 1778. The house, once home to Devon's oldest family, the Aclands. The building was only meant to be a temporary home until they built a grand mansion in the hillside. Due to a variety of reasons, the grand mansion was never built, but instead the temporary house became the family home and the one you see today.
Killerton car park
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