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Cycling in Exeter

Cycling in Exeter

Cycling on Exeter Quayside

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities in Exeter

Exeter's position on the River Exe and being surrounded by stunning countryside means there are plenty of outdoor activities to choose from. Hire a bicycle or canoe from Saddles and Paddles and cycle along the canal towpath, or paddle a canoe downstream to one of the two popular pubs situated beside the water - the Double Locks and The Turf. Cycle hire is also available from Topsham, at Darts Farm and Route 2.

Cycling is a great way to get around Exeter and there are many routes around the city which give cyclists the opportunity to visit parks, the Quayside, historic buildings and other attractions. A free Exeter cycle guide and map is available from Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets

Exeter's compact size makes it perfect for walking, and there is plenty to discover along the way. The Exeter Green Circle is a twelve mile circular walking route around the city outskirts, taking in green countryside valley parks and quiet leafy suburbs. The Exeter Green Circle consists of five seprate walks which join together so you can choose your distance. Leaflets are available from Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets. 

Fishing on the Exeter Canal is a relaxing pastime - for the best selection of Coarse, Game and Pike fishing equipment head to the Exeter Angling Centre. For more active watersports, visit the Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, and you can even enjoy winter sports all year round in Exeter, at the Exeter Dry Ski Slope!

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  1. Grey Wethers Stone Circle (c) Dartmoor Partnership

    Dartmoor National Park

    Type

    National Park

    Location

    Yelverton

    Dartmoor is one of the last great wildernesses in the UK with an inspirational landscape of heatherclad moors and rugged tors.

  2. Exeter Quay

    Exeter's Riverside and Western Skyline - Walk

    Type

    Walking Route

    Location

    Exeter

    This walk is on the Exe Valley Way in Exeter, linking it to the skyline overlooking the city. It is entirely on surfaced lanes & paths.

  3. Ness Cove Beach

    Ness Cove Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Location

    Shaldon

    Ness Cove at Shaldon nestles in between magnificent red cliffs and is accessed via an original smuggler's tunnel. At the tunnel's end, you'll discover the perfect get away - life is truly a beach!

  4. Exmouth

    Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton Circuit - Cycle Route

    Type

    Cycling and Mountain Biking

    Location

    Exmouth / Budleigh Salterton

    This is a lovely relaxing cycle route taking in the coast and the rural hinterland between the East Devon seaside towns of Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton.

  5. Sludge beds, Exeter

    Old Sludge Beds

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    Exeter

    This reserve, part of the Exe Estuary SSSI, is sandwiched between the river Exe and the Exeter ship canal.

  6. Exeter Green Circle Walk

    Exeter Green Circle Walk

    Type

    Waymarked Trail

    Location

    EXETER

    The Exeter Green Circle is a 12 mile walking route which takes you around Exeter. It caters for those of all walking abilities.

  7. Exe Estuary

    Exmouth Local Nature Reserve

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    Exmouth

    Exmouth Local Nature Reserve consists of tidal sand & mud at the South end of Exe Estuary – it’s one of the biggest Nature Reserves in Devon

  8. Seaton Wetlands

    Seaton Wetlands

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    Seaton

    Nearly 4km of level trails and boardwalk through beautiful marshland and reed beds alongside the river Axe, home to an abundance of wildlife.

  9. Otter Estuary - Clinton Devon Estates

    Otter Estuary Nature Reserve

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    EAST DEVON

    This compact and accessible estuary supports a particularly well developed saltmarsh flora that includes such characteristic plants as glasswort, sea puslane, and sea lavender.

  10. Grand Western Canal

    Grand Western Canal

    Type

    Boat

    Location

    Tiverton

    Opened in 1814, this peaceful, eleven mile long canal is great for walking, boating, angling, cycling, picnics and nature walking.

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