Killerton garden winter walk

Walking trail

Take a stroll around the chapel and house gardens. See the colourful barks not usually visible in spring and summer, and admire winter and early spring flowers. 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.


Map route for Killerton garden winter walk


Stable-block, grid ref: SS977001


Walking out of the stable-block turn right. Turn right again up to the chapel grounds to see the cyclamen carpeting the ground, a spectacular sight and well worth the walk.

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Retrace your steps down to the main path again and turn right along that path towards the house. Once you reach the forecourt walk through the garden gate. At the end of the house turn right up the gravel path.


Follow the path around the curve to the left and on to the straight, then take the next right uphill.


Just beyond the thatched buildings on your right is a winter bed with hellebores ranging from white to purple, and winter sweet. On your left are crocuses and early spring bulbs in the grass. Also, along the grass path on your left, you can see a Tibetan cherry tree.

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Follow the gravel path uphill. You can see the dried heads from hydrangeas, coloured stems, crocuses and other early flowers.


Along the path on your right you'll see a giant redwood. On your left are excellent examples of the Victorian fascination for dark, brooding conifers. (If you fancy some great views you can walk uphill here and find the higher paths - just remember to return to the main path afterwards.)


Continue along the beech walk and cross the rustic bridge. Walk on, and on your right look out for the grove of white-stemmed birches.

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Walk downhill and enjoy sweeping views across parkland to Dartmoor on your right. Pass the memorial cross and walk down to a fork in the path. Nestled in the fork is the umbrella pine, whose needles look like umbrella spokes.


Take the left-hand path and see the Bear's Hut and Rock Garden. Return to the fork and walk downhill, looking out for a grove of large knarly Lucombe oak trees on your right.


At the curve look downhill to see signs of early bulbs and, beyond, winter interest plants. You may be able to see the red and orange stems of the striking Cornus 'Midwinter fire'.


Continue along the gravel path towards the house, and enjoy views of the house, garden and parkland. Walk down the gravel path by the house, turn left and return to the Forecourt.


Forecourt, grid ref: SS974001

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Killerton garden winter walk


A walk of approximately 1 mile (1.6km) on fairly easy terrain along gravelled footpaths around the chapel and house gardens. Some steep inclines. Optional walk to higher terrain on ungravelled path in the main garden. Rock Garden has intricate stepped paths.

Registered assistance dogs only in the chapel grounds and garden.

Killerton garden winter walk

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Killerton garden winter walk

How to get here

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 winter walk

Facilities and access

  • Stables Coffee shop serves hot and cold food, drinks and snacks.
  • Toilets in the car park, by the house and in the garden.