Ellerhayes Activity Tree

A fantastic place for a variety of walks, an off-lead doggy run or a picnic and play. You can come for half an hour or easily while away a day. We always head to ‘the activity tree’ – a large fallen log with a cargo net, rope swing and branch steps that can be sat on, swung from, jumped off and climbed over. 

You park in the car park found just before Ellerhayes Bridge, between Killerton and Silverton. It is almost opposite an entrance to Silverton Mill. There are dog bins and a large information board and map here. 

Once parked you go through the gate and follow the path along the bottom of the field, walking parallel to the road. This field also has fallen trees in that are great to explore. The path takes you into a wooded area through a gate, and once out the other side head straight up the steep hill to your right. There is the activity tree, a bench and a magnificent hill for playing aeroplanes or rolling down.

There are lots of paths and areas to explore, To return to the car, go through the wooden gate below the activity tree and cross the field back to the car park. 

5 thoughts on “Ellerhayes Activity Tree

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  3. Have you been here lately? I came today based on this review and it’s over grown with stinging nettles and no longer looks anything like this, it can’t be played on anymore. I’m really hoping I was in the right place, just next to the bench at the top of the hill with the beautiful views?


    • Oh I am sorry! We haven’t been because the National Trust have had the whole estate closed due to covid and I imagine they don’t want anyone to play on it for the same reasons maybe? It is usually v well maintained and cared for by the NT rangers and they add and mend bits all the time when open. Might be worth messaging NT Killerton and asking when it will be operational again?


      • Don’t be sorry!! Yes it just looks like it hasn’t been tended to in a very long while, no ropes or nets or anything in sight as mentioned which also confused me! I’m sure they’ll fix it back up when the time is right! The view was lovely though.


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