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An old bare oak in the parkland at Knightshayes on a misty spring morning
An old bare oak in the parkland at Knightshayes on a misty spring morning | © National Trust Images/John Millar
Devon

Knightshayes parkland circular dog walk

This walk starts from the stables lawn and takes you along Home Farm lane, through parkland and past the Heathcoat Cricket club. It then winds back up parallel to the drive in the vast parkland in front of the house itself.

Be aware of livestock

There is often livestock grazing in the fields, so we ask that dog owners act responsibly and keep their dogs on leads where there are free roaming sheep.

Total steps: 5

Total steps: 5

Start point

The Stables lawn

Step 1

Start at the end of the Stables lawn, and cross the road to the right heading across the flat area running parallel to the drive, opposite the path to the house. Continue across, joining the path leading away from the drive to the right.

Step 2

Follow the tarmac path along until you reach a gateway on the left. There's also a dog waste bin here. Bear left across this field, heading down the hill towards a crossing over the leat. As you follow right across this field, passing the pond on the right, you'll see a redwood tree to the left.

Step 3

As you follow the field uphill slightly, you'll come across a gate. Pass through this and continue along the track until you can see the Heathcoat Cricket Club.

Step 4

Bear left towards the drive, you can leave the field through the metal gate and cross over the driveway. Enter the field on the other side through the next metal gate and head left, up the slope towards the house, bearing to the left of the field. In this field is what is believed to be the largest tree in the UK, a voluminous Turkey oak.

The exterior of the house at Knightshayes with the garden in front
The house at Knightshayes | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Step 5

At the top of this field, with the house directly ahead of you, you should come to a metal gate on the left. Exit through this, and turn right, heading up the drive. Follow the drive back up to the stables, and you'll find yourself back where you started.

End point

The Stables lawn

Trail map

Map showing route and steps of Knightshayes parkland circular dog walk
Knightshayes parkland circular dog walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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