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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. the exe estuary

    City to Coast Walk (Exe Valley)

    Type

    Walking

    Location

    Exeter

    Distance: 8 miles
    Difficulty: Easy
    Start/End point: Exeter/Starcross

    This walk starts on the Quay at Exeter and ends at Starcross, on the western bank of the estuary. From here, bus or train can be taken back to Exeter.

  2. Exeter Medieval Trail

    Exeter Medieval Trail

    Type

    Walking Route

    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.

  3. Bowling Green Marsh (c) RSPB-Images

    Spot rare migratory birds on the River Exe

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Location

    Exeter

    A haven for birdwatchers or just nature lovers, spend a day investigating the delights of the River Exe.

  4. 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.

  5. Red Coat Guides

    Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Location

    Exeter

    The City's award winning Red Coat Guided Tours are provided by Exeter City Council and are the perfect way to explore Exeter, one of the oldest cities of England. Run by experienced qualified volunteer guides a variety of tours are available, each one focusing on a different aspect of Exeter's...

  6. 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.

  7. University of Exeter Sculpture Walk

    Be surprised by a visit to the University of Exeter Sculpture Walk and campus grounds

    Type

    Walking Route

    Location

    Exeter

    Ever wondered where can you see a Snow Leopard or Peacock in Exeter? The impressive University of Exeter Streatham campus, just a twenty minute walk from the High Street, hosts 39 sculptures, some indoors and some in the beautiful grounds.

  8. Exeter Cathedral-photo supplied by Sarah Firth DCC

    Exeter City Walls and Cathedral

    Type

    Historic Site

    Location

    Exeter

    Large parts of the wall that protected Exeter many years ago still exist & tell us a lot about the geology in Exeter. Exeter's cathedral is a sight to behold & many believe that it has the great variation of geology in Britain.

  9. Exeter City Wall Trail

    Exeter City Wall Trail

    Type

    Walking Route

    Location

    Exeter

    A superb self-guided tour. Pick up a free leaflet from Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets & discover the history of Exeter's City Wall.

  10. Bowling Green Marsh (c) RSPB

    Bowling Green Marsh

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    Topsham

    Managed by the RSPB, Bowling Green Marsh nature reserve is an area of coastal grazing marsh alongside the River Exe Estuary, on the outskirts of Topsham.

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