We love the National Trust’s Killerton Estate and are particularly fond of exploring it’s less busy, further flung reaches. One of our favourite spots is the amazing ‘activity tree‘ situated high above the river Culm, but we also enjoy more sedate walks from Ellerhayes Bridge too.
Ellerhayes is a small hamlet between Killerton and Silverton and there is a small car park located next to the Culm and the landmark bridge. If this car park is full (it often is) there is extra parking just over the bridge on the other side of the road – take care walking back though as there is no pavement.
From this car park, there is a very clear surfaced path to follow that takes you parallel to the river for a while and into Park Woods in the direction of Columbjohn. This path is rough and takes you over cattle grids but it is in the main easy going and suitable for big wheeled buggies. There are many routes you can take through these woods, and all are worth exploring, but for a good circuit, follow the most ‘straight-ahead’ option at each juncture.
The path you are following pretty much traces the lower margin of the woods and slowly heads down (signed with a ParkRun waymarker) to a gateway and meeting of paths. Here you almost double back on yourself to take the track signposted back to Ellerhayes. You will pass a farm cottage and follow this track until you rejoin your original route and head back to the car park.
This walk is just under 3km and offers lots of opportunities to extend or shorten your route as needed. You can play in the woods, adventure down to the river, watch trains fly by and enjoy far reaching views of mid Devon. It’s a winner!