A delightful walk through orchards and woodland, passing the Old Post Office at Budlake, Holly Lodge and other picturesque thatched cottages at Sprydon.
You'll also pass the dower house, built here so that the newly-bereaved Tom Acland could live near the family.
Stable block, grid ref: SS977001
From the front of the stable-block, walk a few yards to your left along the tarmac drive and go through the wooden kissing gate into Front Park. Turn left and make your way to the metal gate in the corner beyond Park Lodge.
Going through the gate, cross the road and continue along the old drive ahead, following it down to go through the gate by the Old Post Office in Budlake village.
Killerton has 58 acres of orchards, planted with more than 98 varieties of apple, two of which are unique to the estate. Killerton cider is made using traditional methods in a press dating back to the 1800s.
At the Old Post Office, turn right onto the road and follow it over the M5, ignoring the road leading to your right just before the motorway.
Old Post Office
This small thatched cottage was Budlake village post office, serving Killerton House and the local community until the 1950s. As well as historical memorabilia, noteworthy features include a pigsty and a double-seated privy.
Almost immediately, on the left-hand side, a set of steps leads down through trees on your left to a path through fields. Go through the gate at the bottom of the steps and follow the path as it heads left, back towards the motorway, and then turns abruptly right towards Holly Lodge (built of volcanic stone from the estate in the late 19th century, it's a listed building due to being an attractive and interesting example of vernacular revival in a west-country tradition). Go straight across the track which crosses your path in the field, and past the Lodge to the road beyond.
Cross the road to the lane immediately opposite, and follow this to the brow of the hill, where the right-hand fork will take you to a gate into woodland.
Go through this gate and into the wood. Before you reach Sprydon Cottages, you come to a gate ahead, with footpaths to left and right. Take the left-hand path through the kissing gate, and follow it as it curves to your right to a kissing gate into an orchard. Go through the kissing gate beyond that, and through the gate in the far boundary of the next orchard. The gate beyond is in the right-hand corner of the far boundary, and then your path travels over a boardwalk and some steps to an open enclosure bounded on each of its four sides by a gate.
Sir Thomas Acland
Sprydon House was bought by Sir Thomas Acland, 10th Baronet, for his eldest son Tom, following the death of his wife from scarlet fever in 1851, so that the rest of the family could help Tom bring up his five children.
Go through the gate straight ahead and follow the path through the wood until it curves around to a gate on your right into a field.
Go through the gate and follow the path steeply downhill, through the field to the gate in the boundary by the road, some distance to the right.
Going through the gate and crossing the road, turn left onto the road beyond and take the shortcut footpath on your right a moment later, turning right onto the next road a few yards further on. Ignoring the left-hand lane leading to Newhall a little way beyond, carry on along your road and follow the track at the end, back onto your original road over the motorway. Turn left onto this and retrace your footsteps through Sparrow Park and into Front Park, and back to the stable-block at the start of the walk.
Stable-block, grid ref: SS977001
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