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Walkers on the Killerton estate, Devon | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Danes Wood walk

This enchanting circular walk starts at Killerton House and wends it way through the estate to Danes Wood before looping back again. This is a great trail for spotting wildlife, as the woodlands here are home to flourishing populations of songbirds and butterflies.

Entry to Killerton

Please note that normal admission charges apply at the main site; National Trust members free.

Total steps: 12

Total steps: 12

Start point

Stable-block, grid ref: SS975001

Step 1

From the front of the stable block at visitor reception, turn right onto the drive and follow it past the front of Killerton House, through the farm gate, keeping parallel to the garden wall. Head straight on to the gate in the far hedge.

Step 2

Going through the gate, turn left onto the track and follow it down the edge of Cross Park, to where another track runs away from it to your right.

Step 3

Don't take this track to the right, but carry straight on to the road.

Step 4

Cross the road and go through the gap opposite to pick up the footpath which runs alongside the hedge, around the edge of the field, and then runs into Broadley Coppice.

Step 5

At the fork in Broadley Coppice, take the right-hand path and follow it through the trees and back onto the road.

Step 6

Cross the road diagonally and head left through the gap into the bottom of Danes Wood, at the fork head left and follow the path up through the woods, take a left at the next fork and follow the path down the steps into the car park.

Step 7

Take the ramp opposite and circle round the edge of Danes Wood on the track. At the next fork, take the left path then, a short while later, turn left again at the next fork, following the path around the boundary of the wood.

Step 8

At the next junction of paths, take the left fork if you wish to follow the boundary right the way round the wood.

Step 9

When you reach the gap at the bottom of Danes Wood, that you came through earlier, retrace your steps back into Broadley Coppice.

Step 10

Going through the gate, follow the path back through the copse, turning left in the trees and then skirting the cottage to return along the hedge to the gate opposite the track you came down on.

Step 11

At the end of the track, turn right and head along the road until you meet a kissing gate on your left. Head through the kissing gate into Front Park and follow the path along the edge of the fence and round the corner to the left, until you reach a set of wooden gates.

Step 12

Head through the gate to reach the stable block, back at the start of the walk.

End point

Stable-block, grid ref: SS975001

Trail map

Map of Danes Wood Walk, Killerton, Devon
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