Cycling from Clyston Mill to Killerton House

We love cycling as a family and particularly enjoy seeking out traffic free routes where possible. Have a read of previous posts for more Devon family bike route inspiration.

This cycle path is hidden gem, linking the National Trust’s Killerton House with the nearby village of Broadclyst via the historic visitor centres at Budlake Old Post Office and Clyston Mill.

We started in the village centre at Broadclyst, but you could equally do the route in reverse! Parking in the main car park in Broadclyst is free, and there are public toilets, a well stocked village shop and a fabulous play park. There is also the Red Lion pub if you wanted to incorporate a meal or drink into your ride.

From the main car park in the village, you need to cross the (scarily busy) B3181 main road at the pedestrian crossing and then head down Church Lane, turn left into Sunnyfield and then right at the signs onto the track to Clyston Mill.

Clyston Mill is only open at limited times so please check before setting out if you want to go in. It’s free for National Trust members but admission charges apply otherwise. We love visiting and watching the water wheel – check out our blog post here for more information.

The cycle path goes around the back of the mill orchard, over a little bridge and past a large owl box in the trees before continuing up to Martinsfield Farm – a lovely place with an info board trail and fantastic lambing day each spring – read more info here.

In places the cycle trail joins very short sections of back lanes but there are next to no vehicles and those there are are moving slowly and can b heard approaching. At no point does the bike path meet the main road, although it does have a few metres running parallel at times.

You approach Budlake Post Office over the motorway bridge. The Post Office is free for National Trust members to visit but, like Clyston Mill has limited opening times. Read more about visit here.

From Budlake to Killerton House you take the cycle path through the orchard field, then cross the road at the cattle grid to enter the main parkland. Here there are toilets, cafes, play areas and a large car park – free to members.

This ride is nearly 5km in either direction and can obviously be made longer or shorter as desired. It’s flat and well surfaced in the main, although some loose chippings make for a bumpy ride in places. The ability to get refreshments and visit a play park at either end meant that this ride was a highly successful family outing and we would highly recommend!

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