Walking

Walking trail

Killerton family flower trail

Walking trail

Each year we mark Valentine's Day with an annual flower count. We have some real show stoppers, including carpets of crocus, snowdrops and cyclamen. There are bursting buds on the camellias, azaleas, early varieties of rhododendrons as well as the showy magnolia trees.

One of the best gardens to see early springtime blooms

Follow in our gardener's footsteps and see how many you can count along the way. Make a special Valentines day of it and round off your spring walk with a cream tea in our stables café or lunch for two in our stylish Killerton Kitchen restaurant which overlooks the garden. Usual entry charges apply (National Trust members free).

The Chapel grounds, Killerton

Map

Map route for Killerton Valentines flower count trail

Start:

Stable-block, grid ref: SS977001

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After you have passed by the banks of daffodils in the parkland and reached the front of the house, you can't miss the early spring flowers in the borders. Pretty spring blooms growing here include the bright purple hellebores, delicate white petals of the honeysuckle and the richly scented evergreen sarococca. In late spring, the beautiful bright yellow Lady Banks' rose can be seen climbing the walls of the house. Take your time to take in the spring fragrance, then head through the garden gate.

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Once you are through the garden gate, crunch your way along the gravel path past the house heading towards the stone terrace beds. At the end of these herbaceous borders, see if you can spot the early spring bloom Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postil'. This is an evergreen shrub with glossy leaves and intensely fragrant pink white flowers. In late spring the herbaceous border on your right will have fritillary, a sea of bright yellow and orange.

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At the end of the gravel path, turn right and head across the lawn up the hill towards the garden path. Follow it around through the trees. This is the romantic Yew Walk where you will see carpets of snowdrops.

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Head back on yourself towards our famous Bear's Hut, a honeymoon gift for Lydia Acand. Some say it is a heart-shaped roof when you look down on it from a bird's eye view. Pass the hut to join the grassy path towards the house.

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As you make your way along the grassy path, look left to see banks of yellow daffodils, lilac crocus, purple hellebores and yellow chimonanthus praecox. This is our winter bed, a last burst of colour before you make your way through the turnstile 'kissing' gate back out into the parkland.

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Once out into the parkland, take the path ahead following signs for the chapel. Spot the banks of daffodils along the way before heading through the wooden gate into the chapel grounds. Here, you will be met with a vivid carpet of pink cyclamen under our impressive champion tulip trees. There is also a blanket of thousands of snowdrops bordering the chapel pathways, which visitors have planted over the years in celebration of someone special to them.

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Stable-block, grid ref: SS977001

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Killerton family flower trail

Terrain

Suitable for first dates, holding hands and a cheeky cuddle. An easy terrain with surfaced paths for pushchairs.

Unfortunately we can only allow assistance dogs into the garden and chapel grounds due to the sensitivity of these areas.

A 40 minute stroll, but allow extra time to sniff flowers, gaze at views and cuddle up on benches.

Killerton family flower trail

Contact us

Killerton family flower trail

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 family flower trail

Facilities and access

  • Assistance dogs only due to the sensitivity of the gardens
  • House, costume collection and Killerton Kitchen restaurant open everyday from 14 February
  • Shop, plant centre and second-hand bookshop
  • Stables café serving cream teas, soup, sandwiches and homemade cakes
  • Toilets
  • Children's play area
  • Free parking
  • Baby facilities