Exeter - Canal, River and Parks Circular Walk
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 swallows as 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 Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Exeter Circular Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
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
- Exe Estuary Trail - This splendid, largely traffic free ride takes you around the beautiful Exe Estuary on the south Devon coast
- Exe Valley Ride - This lovely easy ride or walk follows the River Exe, the Exeter Canal and National Cycle Route 2 from Exeter to Exminster.
- Exe Valley Way - The walk starts in Starcross on the banks of the River Exe Estuary and heads through Powderham Deer Park and then along the Exeter Canal to Exeter
- Exeter Canal - Follow the Exter Ship Canal from the centre of Exeter to the River Exe Estuary
- Cullompton - This Mid Devon town is located on the River Culm near Exeter and Tiverton.
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.