Where to enjoy an autumn walk at Knightshayes

A view over the leafy garden at Knightshayes in Autumn

It's that time of the year when Knightshayes colour begins to change from summery vivid greens and bright fauna, to stunning reds and oranges. Why not explore the estate, roaming through open parkland, and crunching through the woodland.

It's that time when the colours begin to change from lush bright fauna, to stunning, golden hues. Here's where you can see the  best of autumn around Knightshayes - from crunching through leaves in the woodland, to views of the rolling fields in all their autumnal glory.

Knightshayes parkland circular dog walk | National Trust
Walking

Walking trail

Knightshayes parkland circular dog walk

Walking trail

This walk starts from the stables lawn and takes you along Home Farm lane, through parkland and past the Heathcoat Cricket club (as well as the new, exciting Four Oaks play area). It then winds back up parallel to the drive in the vast parkland in front of the house itself.

We ask dog walkers to be aware of livestock

There are often livestock grazing in these fields, so we ask that dog owners act responsibly and keep their dogs on leads where there are free roaming sheep.

View of landscape across Knightshayes parkland

Map

map showing the parkland dog walk trail at Knightshayes

Start:

The Stables lawn

1

Start at the end of the Stables lawn, and cross the road to the right heading across the flat area running parallel to the drive, opposite the path to the house. Continue across, joining the path directing towards 'Home Farm'.

2

Following the tarmac path along until you reach a gateway. There's also a dog waste bin here. Bear left across this field, heading down the hill towards a crossing over the leat. As you follow right across this field, passing the pond on the right, you'll see a fantastic Redwood tree to the left.

3

As you follow the field uphill slightly, you'll come across a gate. Pass through this and continue along the track towards the Four Oaks play area and the Heathcoat Cricket Club. The Four Oaks play area was created in 2016, two years after a series of particularly bad storms that caused the four oak trees that stood in a cluster of four, to fall down. The hole left by the roots, and the natural climbing frame this created, inspired us to develop this into a natural play area.

4

After passing the play area and the cricket club, you can leave the field through the metal gate and cross over the driveway. Enter the field on the left through the next metal gate and head left, up the slope towards the house, bearing to the left of the field. In this field, is what is believed to be the largest tree in the UK, a voluminous Turkey Oak.

5

At the top of this field, with the house directly ahead of you, you should come to a metal gate on the left. Exit through this, and turn right, heading up the drive. Follow the drive back up to the stables, and you'll find yourself back where you started. Now, why not reward yourself with a delicious slice of cake?

End:

The Stables lawn

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Knightshayes parkland circular dog walk

How to get here

Address
Stables, Knightshayes, Bolham, Near Tiverton. EX16 7RQ
By road

7 miles from M5 exit 27 (A361); turn right off Tiverton to Bampton road (A396) at Bolham
Parking: Members park free. £1 for one hour, £2 for two hours, £4 all day.
SatNav: SatNavs can give out misdirections. Turn off on reaching Tiverton / Bolham and follow the brown signs

Knightshayes parkland circular dog walk

Facilities and access

  • Designated mobility parking, 20 yards from visitor reception
  • Accessible toilets at stables and house entrance
  • Stable block: Cobbles in reception and stables courtyard. Uneven floor in café and shop
  • House - ramped entrance. Three wheelchairs available. Ground floor accessible. Stairs to other floors
  • Formal and Woodland Garden: Partly accessible, with hard surfaced step-free path around much of it. Please be aware of slopes, gravel paths and steps down to the terraces
  • Parkland and woodland: Some surfaced paths, though steep and un-even in places, and slippery when wet
  • Kitchen garden: Set on a hill side with stepped access to rear terraces
  • Licensed café serving hot lunchs and snacks
Knightshayes parkland circular dog walk | National Trust
Walking

Walking trail

Knightshayes parkland circular dog walk

Walking trail

This walk starts from the stables lawn and takes you along Home Farm lane, through parkland and past the Heathcoat Cricket club (as well as the new, exciting Four Oaks play area). It then winds back up parallel to the drive in the vast parkland in front of the house itself.

We ask dog walkers to be aware of livestock

There are often livestock grazing in these fields, so we ask that dog owners act responsibly and keep their dogs on leads where there are free roaming sheep.

View of landscape across Knightshayes parkland

Map

map showing the parkland dog walk trail at Knightshayes

Start:

The Stables lawn

1

Start at the end of the Stables lawn, and cross the road to the right heading across the flat area running parallel to the drive, opposite the path to the house. Continue across, joining the path directing towards 'Home Farm'.

2

Following the tarmac path along until you reach a gateway. There's also a dog waste bin here. Bear left across this field, heading down the hill towards a crossing over the leat. As you follow right across this field, passing the pond on the right, you'll see a fantastic Redwood tree to the left.

3

As you follow the field uphill slightly, you'll come across a gate. Pass through this and continue along the track towards the Four Oaks play area and the Heathcoat Cricket Club. The Four Oaks play area was created in 2016, two years after a series of particularly bad storms that caused the four oak trees that stood in a cluster of four, to fall down. The hole left by the roots, and the natural climbing frame this created, inspired us to develop this into a natural play area.

4

After passing the play area and the cricket club, you can leave the field through the metal gate and cross over the driveway. Enter the field on the left through the next metal gate and head left, up the slope towards the house, bearing to the left of the field. In this field, is what is believed to be the largest tree in the UK, a voluminous Turkey Oak.

5

At the top of this field, with the house directly ahead of you, you should come to a metal gate on the left. Exit through this, and turn right, heading up the drive. Follow the drive back up to the stables, and you'll find yourself back where you started. Now, why not reward yourself with a delicious slice of cake?

End:

The Stables lawn

You made it

Following this trail on mobile or tablet? Share your experience.

Knightshayes parkland circular dog walk

How to get here

Address
Stables, Knightshayes, Bolham, Near Tiverton. EX16 7RQ
By road

7 miles from M5 exit 27 (A361); turn right off Tiverton to Bampton road (A396) at Bolham
Parking: Members park free. £1 for one hour, £2 for two hours, £4 all day.
SatNav: SatNavs can give out misdirections. Turn off on reaching Tiverton / Bolham and follow the brown signs

Knightshayes parkland circular dog walk

Facilities and access

  • Designated mobility parking, 20 yards from visitor reception
  • Accessible toilets at stables and house entrance
  • Stable block: Cobbles in reception and stables courtyard. Uneven floor in café and shop
  • House - ramped entrance. Three wheelchairs available. Ground floor accessible. Stairs to other floors
  • Formal and Woodland Garden: Partly accessible, with hard surfaced step-free path around much of it. Please be aware of slopes, gravel paths and steps down to the terraces
  • Parkland and woodland: Some surfaced paths, though steep and un-even in places, and slippery when wet
  • Kitchen garden: Set on a hill side with stepped access to rear terraces
  • Licensed café serving hot lunchs and snacks