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An avenue of autumnal beech trees, lit by low sun, with their leaves turning from green to yellow
Beech Walk in autumn at Killerton | © National Trust Images/Clive Nichols

Killerton autumn garden stroll

One of Killerton's seasonal walks, this route shows off the wide palette of colours around the garden throughout autumn. Admire the scarlet-coated seeds of the Euonymus grandiflorus and the leaves of the Zelkova x verschaffeltii turning a deep, buttery yellow.

Total steps: 10

Total steps: 10

Start point

Forecourt, grid ref: SS974001

Step 1

From the forecourt go through the garden gate. Walk along the gravel path and turn right, uphill. Follow the path as it curves around to the left and straightens out, passing the Persian ironwood tree on your right.

Step 2

Look up ahead and to your right to see the skyline dominated by North American trees, mostly conifers. Take the next right uphill.

Step 3

Continue upwards, walking past thatched buildings on your right, and follow the curve to the left, uphill. Enjoy the autumnal reds, oranges and yellows of maples either side of the path.

Step 4

Along the gravel path on your right you'll pass a giant redwood. You can walk uphill here to admire the fine views from the heights – return to the main path afterwards.

Step 5

From the giant redwood walk straight on along the Beech Walk. Cross the rustic bridge at the end.

Step 6

Follow the path around and downhill. Views of Dartmoor sweep out on your right as you approach the Memorial Cross.

Step 7

Continue downhill to a fork in the path. Take the left-hand turn. On your right you'll pass a Euonymus grandiflorus, with the Bear's Hut and the Rock Garden behind it.

Step 8

Return to the fork and walk downhill. Passing around the bend at the bottom, admire the fiery colours of a cluster of maple and cherry trees on your right.

Step 9

Walk along the gravel path to the house. On your left you'll pass the unmistakeable Zelkova x verschaffeltii.

Step 10

Walk back to the house, turn right and walk down past the Killerton Kitchen café. Stop for a cup of tea and some food, or continue on to the corner of the house. Turn left and walk back to the garden gate and through to the forecourt.

End point

Forecourt, grid ref: SS974001

Trail map

Killerton autumn garden walk map
Killerton autumn garden walk map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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