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Walking in Exeter

Exeter's compact size makes it easy to explore on foot - and there is plenty to discover along the way. Explore fascinating Roman vestiges, shopping areas and wonderful architecture.  The city's Quayside area is the ideal destination for a relaxing stroll, whilst taking in the the beauty of the River Exe and Canal.

Join a Red Coat Guided Tour to discover more about Exeter's history and hidden treasures from passionate guides. Exeter is one of few cities in the UK to offer free walking tours, and there are 16 different tours to choose from.

If you prefer to explore at your own pace, follow one of Exeter's self-guided walks. Pick up a leaflet from Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets and discover Exeter's rich and varied history, following information boards along the way: 

- Exeter Woollen Trail

- Exeter Medieval Trail

- Exeter City Wall Trail

- Exeter University Sculpture Trail

- Ludwell Valley Park Trail

Its location in Devon means you are never far from the countryside in Exeter. You don't have to go far to reach the rolling hills that Devon is famous for - follow the Exeter Green Circle 12 mile trail around Exeter's boundaries to explore valley parks with far reaching views and quiet leafy suburbs. The Green Circle is made up of the five shorter sections with convenient public transport links, which mean they can easily be done individually if you don't feel like walking the entire twelve miles!

Named after the bird that overwinters on the famous Exe Estuary, the Avocet Line is a busy railway connecting Exeter Central and Exmouth stations. The railway travels down the 11 mile line to Exmouth on the eastern side of the Exe Estuary, offering wonderful opportunities for an amble around this picturesque area. For more information, download the following three leaflets: Leaflet 1, Leaflet 2 and Leaflet 3.

For further information on walking in Exeter, see our walking map for an overview of all the paths and walkways throughout the city and our more detailed walking map of the city centre. See below for more walks in and around Exeter.

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  1. 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.

  2. Exeter Woollen Trail

    Exeter Woollen Trail

    Type

    Walking Route

    Location

    Exeter

    A self-guided tour exploring the buildings and history of Exeter's woollen trade.

  3. River Exe & estuary

    River Exe Estuary

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Location

    Exeter

    The Exe Estuary is particularly important for birds in winter, when the mild climate and suitable feeding areas attract tens of thousands of wetland birds - some of them from the UK but many travelling from Northern and Eastern Europe.

  4. Mincinglake Valley Park

    Mincinglake Valley Park

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    Exeter

    This finger of countryside extends down from Stoke Hill between Mincinglake Road and Mile Lane.
    The lower valley is wooded whilst the upper part comprises meadowland rich in wild flowers, butterflies and other insects. Access is either from Calthorpe Road or from Stoke Hill.

    The park itself has...

  5. Haldon Forest Park

    Haldon Forest Park - Forestry Commission

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    Exeter

    Whether you want to explore the forest on foot, bike, or swinging through the canopy, you'll find something for you just around the next tree. The place for walking, cycling, play and much more.

  6. Alphington Whitestone Valley Park

    Alphington Whitestone Valley Park

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    Exeter

    This western ridge line of the City has splendid 'rural' valleys and offers excellent views of the City.

    Most of the land is private so please respect other people's property and only use public footpaths or bridleways that will be marked by signposts and stiles. However Barley Valley Local...

  7. Ludwell Valley Park Trail

    Ludwell Valley Park Trail

    Type

    Waymarked Trail

    Location

    Exeter

    A one and a half-mile route around Ludwell Valley Park

  8. Peter Peri - Man of the World

    Exeter University Sculpture Trail

    Type

    Waymarked Trail

    Location

    EXETER

    This is the perfect self-guided tour of sculptures that takes you round the Streatham Campus of the University of Exeter.

  9. Exeter Medieval Trail

    Exeter Medieval Trail

    Type

    Waymarked Trail

    Location

    Exeter

    Discover Exeter's medieval past, find out about many of Exeter's surviving gems and the events that helped to shape this period of Exeter's past.

  10. Haldon Forest Park

    Haldon Forest Cycle Trails

    Type

    Cycle Route

    Location

    Exeter

    Discover & explore Haldon Forest park. Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park. 3,500 acres of woodland just fifteen minutes from Exeter.

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