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A family walking through autumn parkland at Knightshayes
Family in the parkland at Knightshayes | © National Trust/Chris Lacey

Knightshayes circular walk

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.

Bring your boots

This walk can be muddy in all year round, wellies or walking boots are advised.

Total steps: 10

Total steps: 10

Start point

Knightshayes Parkland car park, grid ref. SS956146

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Visitors sitting at picnic tables in the courtyard of the stables café in Knightshayes, Devon
The courtyard of the stables café in Knightshayes, Devon | © National Trust Images/Tony Cobley

Step 6

Pause here for a treat in the café or to use the toilets. Continue your walk by following the drive on the left for 160m, to the entrance of the plantation and the start of the Impey walk, marked by an omega sign. You'll pass the back of visitor reception. If you haven't already, please call in to show your membership card to one of the team.

Step 7

At the entrance to the plantation and the start of Impey Walk follow the path in front of you for just over 1km, 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.

Step 8

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

Step 9

Head across the field bearing very slightly to the right for 210m towards the fence. About halfway across you'll see the house on your right.

The south front at Knightshayes, Devon, glowing with a winter's evening light
The south front at Knightshayes, Devon, glowing with a winter's evening light | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Step 10

Head through the gate in front of you and turn left, following the main drive back towards the parkland car park for 190m. When crossing the drive, use the gate to the left of the cattle grid.

End point

Knightshayes Parkland car park, grid ref. SS956146

Trail map

Knightshayes circular walk
Knightshayes circular walk map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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