GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Exeter - Canal, River and Parks Circular Walk

6 miles (9.6 km)

A fine circular walk visiting the canal, river and parks of the city of Exeter. The route makes use of waymarked trails to take you to the Riverside Valley Park with waterside sections along the Exeter Canal and the River Exe to enjoy.
Starting from the Exeter Docks the walk heads through the Riverside Valley Park which runs between the canal and the river. There's nice cycling and walking trails running through the park with lots of wildlife to look out for too. Follow the footpaths to the Countess Wear Brdige where you cross the river and start the return leg.
Follow the paths along the eastern side of the river past Northbrook Park to Belle Isle Park. This pretty riverside park has nice views of the river and the Trews Weir Allotments. Look out for Herons, cormorants, woodpeckers, and swallowsas you make your way through the park.
The final section takes you past the pedestrian Butts Ferry at Exeter Quay before returning to the start point.
To extend your walking in the Exeter area you can continue along the long distance trails which run through the town. You could follow the Exe Valley Way towards Topsham and explore the beautiful Exe Estuary on the popular Topsham Goat Walk.

Exeter Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Exeter Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Exeter

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Follow the Exe Valley way north from the city and you can visit the scenic Bickleigh Mill. It's a fine place for a stroll with a historic mill and shopping area right next to the river. There's also an excellent riverside pub here too.
A few miles to the north east there's the town of Cullompton on the River Culm. The historic settlement includes a 15th century church, interesting old mills, a Grade I listed 17th century house, several Grade II listed buildings and a nice easy mill leat walking trail.
For more walking ideas in the county see the Devon Walks page.


Pedestrian bridge Exeter docks com

Pedestrian bridge Exeter docks

Belle Isle Park, Exeter - - 250707

Belle Isle Park, Exeter

Gabriel's Wharf - - 254570

Gabriel's Wharf

Trees beside River Exe in Belle Isle Park - - 260981

Trees beside River Exe in Belle Isle Park

Bank erosion on River Exe - - 272172

Bank erosion on River Exe

Riverside Valley Park - - 272169

Riverside Valley Park

River Exe, Higher Wear - - 1109027

River Exe, Higher Wear

River Exe at Countess Wear - - 278265

River Exe at Countess Wear


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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