Clyston Mill is situated on the River Clyst, just outside the village of Broadclyst. It forms part of the Killerton Estate and you can walk to or from Killerton’s main site down a 4.5km off road cycle path.
While you can’t drive to it, it is possible to park in the main car park at Broadclyst and walk or cycle down to the mill. For those with bike, wheelchair or buggies, it is best to cross the main road at the crossing by the village shop and walk up Church Lane, passed the almshouses before turning left into Sunnymead and then turning right into the signed lane to the watermill. Disabled visitors can drive to the mill but there is very limited parking or turning space, and it worth ringing first to ensure access.
For those without wheels, there is a pleasant walk through the churchyard and mill garden via a signposted field. Again beginning from the main car park, you cross the main road by the village shop and head to the church’s main gates next to The Red Lion.
The mill itself is a picture perfect oasis of calm, with picnic benches in the orchard and benches by the waterwheel so you can relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. The turning wheel is quite mesmerising!
The mill has limited opening hours and it is always checking it will be open if setting out especially to visit. Entry is free to National Trust members and charges apply to all other visitors – joint entry tickets with Killerton and it’s other sites can be purchased.
Inside there are 3 floors of things to see and do, with a small shop area on the ground floor where flour ground at the mill can be bought. There are hand on activities for children including a chance to watch the wheel through a glass panel above it, and a ‘quern’ that children can try turning themselves.
Even if not wanting to walk further (for example following the Red Lion loop or cycle track) it is worth walking behind the mill on the surfaced path, as there is a bridge that I perfect for Pooh sticks and a very special bird box is hidden in a tree nearby!