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Danes Wood

Danes Wood

Beautiful small wood with ancient oaks and sweet chestnut trees, close to Killerton House, and carpeted with Bluebells in spring.
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  • Walking, cycling & riding

With ancient oaks and sweet chestnut trees, this wood was a hiding place for Danes when their armies attacked the city of Exeter! Now you can wander along woodland walks with native bluebells in spring and views towards Columbjohn across the Killerton Estate.

Views across the Killerton Estate towards Columbjohn from the edge of Danes Wood. Populations of songbirds and butterflies alongside wildflowers typical of ancient woodland including native bluebells and wild garlic.

This small wood is well-used by dog-walkers. Keep a look out for woodland dens and exposed sandstone quarries perfect for children to explore and play in.

How to get here without a car


Pinhoe Station: 4.5 miles from Danes Wood


Stagecoach bus service: Route 1 from Exeter to Tiverton

NT: From the bus stop, follow the brown tourist sign, cross the bridge, through gate on left signed to Killerton House, keeping to the hard standing path across the field. Approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the bus stop.

On foot

Footpaths and tracks across the woods, at times uneven and can be muddy; some steps.


From Exeter take the B3181 towards Cullompton. Cycle parking is available in Killerton House main car park

Dog walking

Dogs are allowed on leads across the Killerton park area. Please keep dogs under strict control around livestock.


Danes Wood Walk: 4km (2.5miles) / approx 1hr 1 mins

A circular route from Killerton House, through the estate to Danes Wood

Other information


The nearest toilets are at Killerton


Killerton Stables café 10.00 – 17.00