Exploring the estate at Knightshayes
Venture into the historic parkland during a visit to Knightshayes in Devon and take in views of the surrounding area. With acres of parkland and woodland, it's a great place for the whole family, including the dog, to explore. It has room to roam, ponds to peer into and plenty of hidden corners to discover.
Things to see on the estate
A working environment to this day, you can see farmers tending to their rare breeds of sheep. For the tree enthusiasts there are many examples of ancient trees to look out for, along with red deer, badgers and many varieties of birds.
Douglas firs at Knightshayes
Douglas fir is native to North America, but was brought to the UK in 1827 by botanist David Douglas. Some of the Douglas fir trees at Knightshayes were planted as far back as the 1870s.
Today it's one of the most important collections of Douglas fir in the country and includes some of the tallest in England.
Access to the Douglas fir walk, is through the iron gate at the top right corner of the Walled Kitchen Garden. From there, you can follow the mown grass paths through the trees as the scent of pine fills the air.
Walking your dog at Knightshayes
We welcome dogs in the parkland at Knightshayes, but we do ask that all dogs are kept under close control and on leads in any area that is not within a gated field.
It's essential that dogs remain on leads, no matter how well behaved, when in a field with livestock.
This circular route is perfect for dog walking and exploring the historic parkland. It takes you through open fields and past some of the more special trees in the Knightshayes parkland, including the Turkey Oak, believed to be the largest in the UK.
Pack a picnic
After working up an appetite on one of the walks around the parkland, why not sit back, relax and make the most of the parkland with a picnic?
No matter what the season, a warming flask of tea or coffee and bite to eat are just the thing to recharge your batteries. Remember to bring something to sit on – the grass can be a little damp during the colder months. Please take your litter home with you.
Heathcoat Cricket Club
Established in the 1920s by John Heathcoat-Amory for his Tiverton factory workers, the Heathcoat Cricket Club has always had a strong association with Knightshayes and the local community.
Step into the formal and woodland garden at Knightshayes in Tiverton, Devon, which is divided into eight separate areas plus a walled kitchen garden.
Explore the parkland and garden at Knightshayes with your dog. Follow our dog walking guidance and find your next adventure here. Knightshayes is a one pawprint rated place.
Grab a bite to eat and drink in the Stables Café, or browse the range of goods in our shop. You'll find all the details here.
Discover the ground floor of house at National Trust’s Knightshayes. See the details behind architect William Burges's gothic façade and a portrait that may be by Rembrandt.
Plan a visit to one of the special countryside places in our care and discover the benefits of being in the great outdoors. Pack your walking boots and get ready to explore woodlands, valleys and rivers.
There's a network of woodland paths and trails to await you in Devon from riverside walks to gentle hill climbs with far-reaching views. Keep the family interested this winter with a visit to Devon.