Ashclyst Forest is part of, but separately located from, the National Trust’s Killerton Estate. The main waymarked trails start from the central car park at Forest Gate, which is signposted from the B3181 outside Broadclyst en route to Cullompton.
One of our favourite routes is the purple trail and we have written about it on the blog before – check out more on the blog here. However, with a toddler who now wants to walk more than be carried, the yellow route is becoming a firm favourite. It is short, nearly completely flat, pushchair accessible and has lots of benches along the way.
This yellow trail does involve crossing the road twice but the lanes are rarely used and traffic can be easily heard for some time before it appears, so don’t be put off by that. It is an easy route to follow with colour-coded marking posts and obvious flat paths to lead you round.
There are lots of little streams to be splashed, fallen trees to be climbed on, sticks to be picked up and insects to be watched as you go round. Whilst the circuit is fairly short, this walk can take plenty long enough if you have small children who want to take full advantage of all the play opportunities.
Benches are dotted along the way at fairly regular intervals so there are lots of chances to sit and have a rest or snack. The path is pretty level the while way round with some slight inclines and a few areas that are rougher underfoot, but a sturdy pushchair should cope fine.
The nearest toilets and refreshments are on the main Killerton site, which is only a short drive away.