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Outdoor activities at Killerton

Close-up of an orienteering schedule & compass at Brancaster being used as part of the programme provided for children by the Activity Centre.
Orienteering at Killerton | © National Trust Images/Ian Shaw

With miles of way marked paths around the estate and woodland to follow for a walk, plus orienteering, cycling and horse riding, there are plenty of outdoor activities to choose from at Killerton.

Walking at Killerton

Whether you're planning a gentle stroll to enjoy the views, an adventure with your family or a lengthy stomp with your dog, the outdoors at Killerton has a walk for you.

Orienteering at Killerton

The orienteering courses at Killerton have had a huge overhaul, with thanks to the Devon Orienteering Club. Whether you fancy a low-key jaunt around the grounds, or you are an experienced map reader and don’t mind leaving the beaten path, there’s now a course suitable for all ages and abilities.

The orienteering courses

  • Yellow course, for beginners: 1.5km
  • Orange course, moderately difficult: 2.8km
  • Light green course, quite difficult: 3.4km 
  • Green, advanced/difficult: 4km
  • Blue, advanced/difficult: 5.8 km 

See the courses on offer and download maps from British Orienteering by clicking here. 

Orienteering for kids

For our intrepid young explorers, the Volcano Challenge activity has been designed in partnership with Devon Orienteering Club. It introduces children to orienteering and the five  new permanent courses in place at Killerton. The orienteering activity takes place on Front Park Bank and is suitable for over 8’s who are happy to traverse steep and uneven ground. 

The children's Volcano Challenge (eight-plus years) leaflet is available at visitor reception for 50p.

Two cyclists enjoying the Tramway Trail at Calke Abbey with trees in full leaf either side of the trail
Cycling to Broadclyst from Killerton | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Cycling at Killerton

The best place to cycle on the estate is on the cycle path from Killerton to Broadclyst. Take in the rural landscape as you pedal through farmland and Devonshire countryside. It's a leisurely six-mile round trip from Killerton to Broadclyst village.

There's bicycle parking near the Stable block in Killerton car park.

Please take care

The surfaced and gentle route is shared with walkers and horse riders through farmland and along quiet country lanes. 

Horse riding at Killerton

There are three main areas horse riders can explore on the Killerton estate: Danes Wood, Killerton Park and Ashclyst Forest.

Find out about horse riding at Killerton

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Family-friendly things to do at Killerton 

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