Even though Exeter is a compact city, we also have many wide open spaces for a peaceful stroll for a breath of fresh air or a hike along a trail! If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Exeter, look no further as we’ve put together a selection of walks across the city and beyond which boasts fascinating history and spectacular views…

Ludwell Valley Park

Explore Ludwell Valley Park, the 200-acre country park filled with nature including butterflies, wildflowers and birds! Follow the one and a half mile self-guided trail around the park for glorious views and picture-perfect picnic spots!

Exeter Quay

Visit one of the city’s most popular locations all year around – Exeter Quay! Enjoy scenic strolls beside the water and tasty treats along the way from our fantastic local restaurants, bars and cafés before you make it further down the canal!

Exe Estuary Trail

This incredible 26-mile route along the exe estuary links Exmouth, Exeter and Dawlish together with spectacular views along the way! This trail is for both cyclists and pedestrians, giving everyone the chance to explore these areas, by joining and exiting the path whenever you’d like. Keep an eye out for the wildlife nesting and idyllic riverside towns and villages!

Exeter University Sculpture Walk

Take a stroll through Exeter University’s beautiful grounds on a sunny day, trust us you won’t be disappointed! Download your own map and view wonderful sculptures designed by artists including Dame Barbara Hepworth, Paul Mount and Peter Randall-Page.

Haldon Forest Park

Breath-taking views, pretty picnic spots and magical walking trails – Haldon Forest has it all! Made up of 3,500 acres, the much-loved woodland area has multiple routes you can explore on foot. With thrilling activities along the way for the whole family, look no further for a fantastic day within the great outdoors!

Exeter Medieval Trail

Exeter certainly isn’t short of a historic tale or two! Discover our city’s fascinating past along the Exeter Medieval Trail - start your journey at Castle Street before you head to Cathedral Green, Southernhay and even more significant locations of Exeter’s past…

Exeter Green Circle Walk

The Exeter Green Circle Walk is a great way to explore the city on foot and discover what it has to offer, including gorgeous green nature reserves, peaceful country footpaths and historic buildings! This 12-mile walk around Exeter has something for everyone.

Dartmoor National Park

Does wild ponies, stunning rivers, enchanting forests and towering granite tors sound exciting to you? Dartmoor National Park is a must-visit if you’re in Exeter or its surrounding areas. The moors are easily accessible by car – enabling you to enjoy endless walking routes whilst discovering charming villages, towns and secret spots along the way…

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Exeter City Wall Trail
Walking Tour
City Wall Trail at the bottom of South Street

A self-guided tour exploring Exeter's ancient city wall.

Exeter University Gardens
Garden
Exeter University Gardens

The Exeter University gardens have the reputation of being one of the most beautiful in Europe & have strong links with the Veitch family.

Ludwell Valley Park Trail
Waymarked Trail
Ludwell Valley Park Trail

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

Exeter Medieval Trail
Waymarked Trail
Part of Exeter Medieval Trail

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.

Exeter Quayside
Historic Site
Monolith at Exeter Quayside. Copyright: DOminic Lowther

Exeter's Historic Quayside is the most attractive area in the city, popular with locals & visitors for its fascinating history, pubs & restaurants.

The Exe Estuary Trail
Cycle Route
Exe Estuary Trail, vintage bike (c) mathilde le floch

The Exe Estuary is a 26 mile cycle route & walkway which goes along the whole Exe Estuary through Exmouth, Exeter & Dawlish.

Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours
Walking Tour
Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours

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 history and culture

Exeter Green Circle Walk
Walking Route
Part of the Exeter Green Circle Walk

The Exeter Green Circle is a twelve-mile walk around the city with something for everyone, and a walk which includes some rural stretches.

Haldon Forest Park - Forestry England
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Haldon Forest Park - Forestry Commission - walking with view

COVID-19: Most facilities are open but running a little differently. Please check before you travel. Haldon Forest Park is made up of 3,500 acres of woodland, just 15 minutes from Exeter. Open 364 days a year, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. With miles of trails for walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders, there’s something for everyone at Haldon Forest Park. Enjoy expansive views, exhilarating mountain biking, tree top adventures and orienteering courses. What will you discover? Walking Whether you’re looking for an easy-going trail for all abilities, play and adventure for the children or peace and quiet to observe the wildlife, we have a trail for you. Cycling Head out onto trails to suit all ab

Dartmoor National Park
National Park
Family looking into the distance

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

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