Walking

Walking trail

Killerton garden spring walk

Walking trail

Enjoy a walk around the garden, spectacular with spring blossom.

This is one of four seasonal walks that takes you on a short tour around the main paths of the garden to enjoy nature's wonders. Feel free to explore the grassy paths which take you up to the garden's lofty heights and into hidden areas between the gravel paths.

The Garden, Killerton

Map

Map route for garden spring walk

Start:

Forecourt, grid ref: SS974001

1

In late spring the yellow Lady Banks' rose can be seen climbing the walls of the house in the forecourt. Walk through the garden gate.

2

Walk along the gravel path past the house. On your left in the Terrace beds there are the striking pink dwarf Russian almond, and by the sundial on the Terrace you can see the Japanese bitter orange with its white flowers. In late spring the herbaceous border on your right has fritillary in yellow and orange.

3

Retrace your steps and turn left up the gravel path. Follow the path around the curve to the left and on to the straight, then take the next right uphill. You will pass a pocket handkerchief tree on your left. Opposite that on your right is a lovely magnolia.

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4

Carry on uphill to a corner with thatched buildings on the right. In the flowerbed on the right are hellebores, magnolias and camellias.

5

Walk left, following the gravel path as it curves uphill. This is the Magnolia Walk, where you can see a wide variety of beautiful magnolias in flower.

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6

Carry on up the path, passing the Giant Redwood on your right. Walk along the Beech Walk, looking downhill to see rhododendrons and azaleas. (Feel free to explore the upper section of the garden to discover a bounty of flowers rhododendrons, camassias, richly scented azaleas, camellias, daffodils, bluebells and other wildflowers. Just remember to return to the Beech Walk.)

7

At the end of the Beech Walk cross over the rustic bridge. Follow the gravel path as it curves around, looking out on your right for daffodils carpeting the ground. As you walk downhill there are sweeping views to your right and also the Memorial Cross, with seats to enjoy them.

8

Continuing down, you'll come to a fork in the path. Take the path to the left. See camellia and magnolia at the Bears Hut, as well as delicate little epimediums and cerise pink Cyclamen repandum. Explore the Rock Garden and find Indian rhubarb, Himalayan poppies and other little flowering treasures.

9

Retrace your steps and turn left downhill at the fork in the path. At the curve at the bottom look downhill at camassia, snakes head fritillary and snowflakes among the wildflowers. On your left is a Lucombe oak.

10

Carry on along the gravel path. On your left you'll see the fresh lime-green foliage of the Zelkova carpinifolia. After you pass between two stone urns, look on your right at the clump of pink and white rhododendrons. (If you have time you may like to explore the central section of the garden just above you, and see stunning trees such as the Stewartia pseudocamellia, the cork oak, the paperbark maple and many others.)

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11

Continue towards the house from the rhododendrons and follow the curve around to the right and downhill. You could stop for a cup of tea at the restaurant, or carry on to the corner of the house, turn left along the path and walk back through the garden gate to the forecourt.

End:

Forecourt, grid ref: SS974001

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Killerton garden spring walk

Terrain

Fairly easy terrain along gravelled footpaths around the garden. Short climb in the middle of the walk, option to explore along ungravelled paths. Rock Garden has intricate stepped paths.

Only assistance dogs are allowed.

Killerton garden spring walk

Contact us

Killerton garden spring walk

How to get here

Address
Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE
By train

Pinhoe, not Sunday, 4.5 miles (7km); Whimple, 6 miles (9km); Exeter Central and St David's, both 7 miles (11km); Tiverton Parkway, 9 miles (14km).

By road

Off Exeter to Cullompton road (B3181); from M5 northbound, exit 30 via Pinhoe and Broadclyst; from M5 southbound, exit 28.

By bus

Stagecoach 1 (A or B), Exeter to Tiverton Parkway railway station, via Cullompton (passing close Exeter Central railway station), alight Killerton.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 52.

Killerton garden spring walk

Facilities and access

  • Two tea-rooms using local produce and Killerton estate flour
  • Assistance dogs only permitted