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Route description

There has been a parkland associated with Poltimore House since the 16th century. The park was grazed by Fallow deer and during World War II the Lord Bampfylde sent venison to an Exeter butcher because meat was in short supply. The deer park was enlarged in stages between 1835 and 1850 with the removal of three farmsteads, their orchards and hedges, leaving only the hedgerow trees standing. The former parish road was also moved eastwards to its present position.

The former parkland is now split across three different ownerships. The central section is being restored and new permissive pathways created. Over 130 trees have been replanted, pasture re-sown, and the 1870 carriage drive to the house restored.

Cattle do graze the parkland so please keep your dog on a short lead, close gates and clean up after your pet. The livestock are inquisitive. If you feel threatened walk calmly towards the field exit and let your dog go so that it can run to safety. Cattle grazing is important for wildlife. Follow the four paws code from Devon Loves Dogs.

Take a stroll through the Park.

How to get here without a car

Stagecoach Bus 1, 1A, 1B,1C

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Bike parking


Car parking

Hawkins Road