A lovely circular route that’s perfect if you want to stretch your legs and get some fresh air but don’t have much time. Broadclyst is a village just outside Exeter – drive through Pinhoe on the B3181 and keep going! As you enter the village you will start to see the signature houses of the Killerton Estate, painted buttery yellow. The Red Lion pub is on your left and if you can find a space you can park in the lane leading to it (the pub’s car park is for customers only). If it looks crowded, then turn right immediately opposite into Town Hill and follow the signs for the free village car park – right and right again. Buses pass through Broadclyst regularly through the day.
At the far end of the village car park is a footpath to the fantastic play park and playing fields that sit at the centre of the Broadclyst. There is a National Trust information board at the near end – leave the car park here and follow the lane to the Post Office and village shop. Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and walk towards the pub, passing it on your left. Walk to the rear of the pub (it may look like a residential driveway but quickly opens out again!)
This walk is 1.5 – 2km and although easy-going it isn’t all on surfaced paths and a buggy would be tricky over the stiles. If you only want a buggy/wheelchair friendly route then do it in reverse and just go out and back when you get to the stiles.
From the pub the lane becomes a narrow footpath which you follow to a fallen log (perfect for climbing on) and a bridge over the River Clyst (perfect for pooh-sticks). Cross the stile and walk through the field in a straight line to the stile directly opposite (it can get very boggy and muddy underfoot here).
You have now joined the off-road cycle path that runs between Killerton House and Broadclyst village. Turn left and follow the path – look out for the owl nesting box in a tree and lovely views of the church.
You cross back over the river at the National Trust’s Clyston Mill which has a lovely orchard and picnic table to stop and have a snack if you wish. The Mill is open on limited days/times so check if you’d like to visit. The cycle path joins a road at the back of the church, pass the pink house on the left and return to the centre of the village across the field on your right or through the churchyard.
Food at the Red Lion is plentiful and yummy and there are a few tables outside the front as well as some over the lane in it’s beer garden. Children and dogs are welcome.
The village shop has plenty of snacks and ice creams that you could pick up to take to the lovely play area behind the car park. There are public toilets situated behind the village shop.