Ashclyst Forest

deer, buzzards and rare butterflies
Walks Near Me
Walk 1 TrailsWalk 2 (3 m)Walk 3 (3.6 m)Walk 4 (1.6 m)
Coloured TrailsAshclyst ForestAshclyst & KillertonAshclyst (short walk)

Almost two centuries ago , Sir Thomas Acland planted many conifers to provide timber for the Killerton Estate.

During the summer Ashclyst teems with butterflies and wild life; it is an ideal place for bird watchers, too.

parkingFree Ashclyst Forest / Killerton Car Park
Point of InterestWhat to explore?
  • 12 waymarked trails in the forest,
  • ¬†variety of birds, including woodpeckers, owls, and buzzards
  • ¬†wildflowers, including bluebells, primroses, and cowslips
parkingThe best route to Ashclyst Forest is via a lane offthe B3181 at Budlake .

Walk 1 Ashclyst Forest Red, Green, Yellow, Blue and Purple Color Trails

Ashclyst Forest

There are 5 color trails all of different lengths.


The most popular are green and red.

Download map of Colour Trails
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Ashclyst Colour Trails

Walks 1
Various colour trails

Walk 2 Ashclyst Forest (3 miles)

A great forest walk to explore plantations of mixed woodland.

Ashclyst Forest , once fields


Point of InterestVarious picnic tables

The tracks are generally well maintained but some stretches can be muddy after heavy rain.

3 miles
1 hr 10 mins
tracks, paths
main roads
0 %
altitude range
67 - 121 m
quality of track

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GPX for Mobile / GPS


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Walk 2
map of Ashclyst paths & tracks

 Walks near Ashclyst Forest
A delightful family walk skirting Killerton Gardens to Columbjohn's chapel.
Enjoy an easy (pub) walk to Broadclyst's derelict windmill
A short and easy walk through a still unspoilt part of Devon with its charming thatched cottages and old orchards.

Walk 3 Killerton to Ashclyst Forest (3.6 miles)

This very pleasant walk follows mainly permissive paths or tracks - some have been opened only recently!

Distant Killerton


The Walk

A From entrance to Killerton (car park) cross the lane to a gate . Follow path into an orchard; this curves right to another gate.
Head left to join footpath to Killerton post office.

B Continue along lane until just after the Motorway bridge. Turn left onto some steps leading to a permissive path.

C Follow path and keep right of house.
Cross main road onto a track. Then soon turn right onto another path which runs parallel to the track.
Where it joins another track turn right. After 180m turn left through kissing gate, just before entrance to a house .Continue along path , through an orchard - walk diagonally right to a kissing gate then continue though woodlands

D Turn left at a junction onto a track , through gate. Head in south easterly direction to another gate then in a north easterly direction towards Ashclyst forest - this permissive path through fields is not not clearly defined.

E At the gate turn left into Ashclyst Forest following the blue trail. From here all paths are well maintained.
Head north until you reach a lane. Turn left and continue along this lane until it joins the main Exeter to Cullumpton Road. Cross carefully into BudlakeAt a junction turn left.

F After a small residential area turn right and follow a permissive path which skirts and , in the end , crosses the motorway. Walk straight ahead onto a path which eventually leads you to a lane. A Romanfort has been discovered left of the woods.

G Turn right at the lane thenleft onto a track taking you back to Killerton.

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killerton to ashclyst

Walk 3 Killerton to Ashclyst

Walk 4 Ashclyst short walk (1.6 miles)


This is one of our 'Thirty Minute Walks'

A great easy family walk to sample the delights of Ashclyst forest following part of the green , blue & yellow trail.

killerton to ashclyst

Walk 4 (short)