Enjoy miles of woodland cycling and walking trails in this large forest near Killerton. There are a number of waymarked trails to try starting from the National Trust Car Park. The forest is excellent for wildlife spotting with various birds and deer to look out for. It is also well known for its butterflies with white admiral, small pearl-bordered fritillary, dark green fritillary, purple emperor and silver-washed fritillary amongst the species. You can extend your exercise by heading to the nearby Killerton Park where there are more cycling and walking tracks to try.
Ashclyst Forest is located just a few miles north east of Exeter.
PostcodeEX5 3LE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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You could head into the nearby village of Broadclyst for some post exercise refreshment. The New Inn is a nice village pub with a good menu and a beer garden for warmer days. You can find them at Whimple Road with a postcode of EX5 3BX for your sat navs. There's also the Stoke Canon Inn in nearby Stoke Canon. They also have a lovely garden area and can be found on the High Street at postcode EX5 4AR.
As you'd imagine, the woodland trails are ideal for dog walking. You'll probably bump into other owners with their pets on a fine day.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head west of Killerton and you could pick up the Exe Valley Way. This waymarked footpath will take you through the lovely valley of the River Exe. On the route you will find Brampford Speke and the picturesque Bickleigh Mill. The site is a fine place for an easy stroll with a historic mill and shopping area right next to the river. There's also an excellent riverside pub here too.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Devon Walks page.