Killerton garden summer walk

Walking trail

Take a stroll around the house garden and enjoy the spectacular colours and rich array of scents of the summer landscape. 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.

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The garden at Killerton bursts into life this time of year


Map route for garden summer walk


Forecourt of Killerton House, grid ref: SS974001


In the forecourt take in the sight of the lovely purple-blue Chinese wisteria trained across the study wall. Enter the garden through the garden gate.

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Walk along the gravel path with the tender perennial border on your left. The flowers here bloom from about June through to the first frosts.

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Carry on past the house to the Terrace on your left and herbaceous border on your right, both spectacular in the summer. Enjoy the roses and a myriad of other plants in both, creating a succession of changing colours throughout the season as different flowers bloom.


At the end of the gravel path step out onto the grass and loop around the herbaceous border to see it from both sides. Admire the majestic tulip tree on your left, which flowers in June. Return to the house along the grass.

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Turn left at the house up the gravel path. Outside the restaurant, on your right, is a free-standing Japanese white wisteria. Also enjoy the mixed borders on the path.


Continue up around the curve to the left and on to the straight. Take the first right uphill. Just beyond the thatched buildings on your right follow the path as it curves around uphill to the left.


Follow the path along. On your right you'll see a Giant Redwood. Just after this look downhill to see the blazing red Chilean fire bush and the patterned bark of the Stewartia sinensis. (We recommend you take some time to explore the small paths downhill and uphill to see the rich array of flowering plants and trees. Just remember to return to the main path afterwards.)


Continue on along the gravel path, walking along the Beech Walk and across the rustic bridge. Follow the gravel path round and downhill, and see views and the Memorial Cross on your right.


At the fork in the path go left towards the Bear's Hut and take some time to explore the Rock Garden. Just beyond the Rock Garden is the Cornus 'Norman Haddon' with white flowers, producing strawberry-like fruits as the season continues.


From the Bear's Hut return to the fork and walk downhill and around the curve, finding the Lucombe oak on your left.


Walk along the gravel path to the house, following it as it curves around to the right and down. Turn the corner of the house and walk back through the garden gate to the forecourt. Alternatively, from the Lucombe oak walk down across the lawn back to the herbaceous border and Terrace, and enjoy another opportunity to walk past these stunning flowering beds as you return towards the house, then out through the garden gate to the forecourt.


Forecourt of Killerton House, grid ref: SS974001

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Killerton garden summer walk


Fairly easy terrain along gravelled footpaths. Some steepish inclines up and down, options to explore along grass paths and lawns. Rock Garden has intricate stepped paths.

Only assistance dogs are allowed.

Killerton garden summer walk

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Killerton garden summer walk

How to get here

Killerton House, 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 summer walk

Facilities and access

  • Two tea-rooms using local produce at Killerton House