This two mile dog-friendly walk reveals much of Killerton's wider parkland. The Plains feature veteran trees, open spaces, wildlife and breathtaking views that are often missed. It can be muddy in places so unsuitable for pushchairs.
A great family dog walk
Visitor reception, Stable Block
Turn right out of visitor reception and take the first right uphill and continue the steep climb.
At the crossroads continue straight and go through the black metal gate on your right following sign to Deer Park and The Plains.
Livestock in the park
Please keep your dog on a lead where we are grazing sheep and ponies, and keep an eye on your dog around wildlife and cattle. "Wild roe deer are sometimes spotted browsing the parkland - keep one eye open, and the other on your dog" - Ed, Lead Ranger.
Go straight following an old carriageway before turning left to follow a track up past the quarry. Continue on this path as it swings left above Deer Park with views over the Culm Valley. Go through a gate to reach the open expanse of The Plains.
At the top of The Plains follow the broad grassy track to the right. It passes through the middle of The Plains. Stick to it, ignoring any paths to the right. Look out for the hawthorn tree overwhelmed by a birch tree. After en enormous crashed sycamore, head towards the back of The Plains to reach a magnificent willow tree that looks split in two.
The Plains could have been used by the Aclands as a trial planting ground for the seeds arriving from the far corners of the world. Another theory could be The Plains were planted to create an impressive setting for a home that was never built by the Aclands, high on top of the Clump.
Head across the squeeze bridge and into Park Wood. Turn left along the track following sign to Deodar Glen.
Continue along this path passing Irishman's Gate. The name comes from the Irish navvies who not only built it, but laid the section of the London to Exeter railway that runs behind Park Wood. When that work stopped, Sir Thomas Acland employed them to build walls around the Killerton estate.
Take the left hand fork marked Deodar Glen Ridge and The Clump. The path offers glimpsed views through the cedars. Follow the path around then turn left uphill to a gate.
Turn left back into The Plains. Continue ahead, turn right through a kissing gate and continue slightly right to an open glade with a log picnic circle. Turn left and climb The Clump over an Iron Age hill fort to the high point among the giant redwoods. Drop down to a track with great views.
Enjoy the spectacular views from The Clump over the Devon countryside. This volcanic outcrop is home to the remains of an Iron Age hill fort and beautiful woodland. In spring bluebells bring the woods to life.
Turn right and follow the track back around The Clump. Follow the path along the edge of the garden, heading downhill.
Follow the track down and right. Go through a kissing gate, take the next left to go through Bluebell Gate, marked to Front Park. Admire one of Killerton's best views towards Dartmoor.
Keep left and follow the path downhill.
You'll reach a kissing gate on the left. Go through the gate and into Front Park, following signs to Stables Cafe and Shop, continuing straight ahead to reach the house and return to where this walk started.
Visitor reception, Stable Block
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