Knightshayes circular walk

Walking trail

This walk starts at the parkland car park and takes you through woodland and parkland, on a dog-friendly circular walk of the Knightshayes estate.

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. This walk can be extremely muddy in autumn and winter so wellies or walking boots are a must.

A family walk along a paved path into the parkland. Flanked by grass either side of them the trees are showing signs of autumn with orange and red leaves.


Knightshayes circular walk


Parkland carpark, grid ref. SS956146


Start at the cattle grid at the entrance to the Parkland carpark facing the drive with the cattle grid in front of you. Turn left and head diagonally across the field, keeping the four fallen oaks on your left for 340m.


With the four fallen oaks on your left you'll see a bench in front of you, bear to the left around it and head right down the hill towards the five-bar wooden gate.


Go through the gate and bear slightly off to the left towards the stream crossing over the foot bridge and bearing to the right straight up the hill to the top fence line.

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Head through the gate and onto the footpath. Follow this to the right for 275m where it ends at the main drive.


At the end of the footpath turn left towards the stables, crossing over the drive to use the pedestrian footpath.

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Children enjoying a picnic on the stables lawn at Knightshayes


Pause here for a treat in the Café or for the toilets, before continuing your walk by following the drive on the left for 160m to the entrance of Knightshayes plantation and the start of the Impey Walk, marked by an omega sign. You’ll pass the back of Visitor Reception and if you haven’t already please call in to show your membership card to one of the team.


At the entrance to Knightshayes plantation and the start of Impey Walk follow the path in front of you for just over 1100m, sticking to the left-hand path as it leads around the edge of the Knightshayes estate. As you reach the end of the path, just before coming to a five-bar gate and a road, turn right and go through a metal pedestrian gate signposted The Blackeries


Follow the fence line for 430m, you'll go through two gates before finding yourself in a large open field.


Head across the field bearing very slightly to the right for 210m towards the fence. About half-way across you’ll see the house on your right.

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The front of the house in summer


Head through the gate in front of you and turn left following the main drive back towards the Parkland car park for 190m. Crossing the drive, there’s a gate to the left-hand side of the cattle grid.


Parkland carpark, grid ref. SS956146

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Knightshayes circular walk

How to get here

Knightshayes parkland carpark
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 2 hour, £3 for 3 hours, £4 all day.

SatNav: SatNavs can give out misdirections. Turn off on reaching Tiverton / Bolham and follow the brown sign

Knightshayes circular walk

Facilities and access

  • parking
  • toilets
  • cafe
  • shop