Just because we can't travel far for our daily exercise, that doesn't mean your outing has to miss out on adventure! As part of Devon Country Council's 'Explore From Your Door' campaign, we encourage Exeter residents to step outside their door and discover their everyday surroundings - you'll be surprised what's just around the corner! Please remember to follow government guidelines and stay local when you exercise.

Exeter Cathedral Green and City Wall Trail

Start your adventure in Exeter Cathedral Green, the heart of the city! Take a look around the gorgeous quarter and admire our magnificent Exeter Cathedral (it's hard to miss!) Next, download the Exeter City Wall Trail Leaflet and embark on this historic trail, starting wherever you'd like! Did you know, the oldest parts of the wall are almost 2000 years old and around 70% still exists?!

Exeter Quay 

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

Exeter City Centre

Some might prefer to take a stroll around our city centre - we guarantee you'll discover a new historic fact or two about Exeter! Check out the Exeter Walking Map for route inspiration.

Haldon Forest Park

Breath-taking views 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 if you're local!

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 picture-perfect views!

The Alphingbrook and Hambeer Lane

In Exeter we are lucky to have the countryside on our doorstep! Give the Alphingbrook and Hambeer Lane trail a go - start your scenic walk at Little John's Cross Hill and follow the self-guided map, where in Tudor times the assize judges were escorted by the city guards, on their way from Exeter to Bodmin.

Green Circle Walk

The Exeter Green Circle Walk is a great way to explore our local area 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.

Mincinglake Valley Park

Topsham Church Walk

If you're local, wander around the historic town of Topsham and discover the many churches in the area! Take a look at Love Topsham's quick guide here.

Don't forget the activities!

Whilst you're out and about, don't forget to download the Royal Albert Memorial Museum's Super Sleuth Challenge and record the many shapes and patterns you see! You'll be surprised with what you discover just outside your doorstep - click here to find out more and get a copy of the challenge! 

Looking to make walks interactive for the whole family? Take a look at our guest blog from Charles Clinkard for three easy ways you can make your walks more educational and fun.

Looking for more?

Devon County Council have even more ideas where you can #ExploreFromYourDoor! Check out their public rights of way website and interactive map to plan a route. Please remember to stay local for exercise and follow government guidelines!  


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.

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.

Exeter City Wall Trail
Walking Route
Exeter City Wall

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

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery - RAMM
Royal Albert Memorial Museum Queen Street Exeter

Exeter’s world-class museum has stunning displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities. The displays reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and the World Cultures galleries display stunning items from all over the world.

Ice cream in Topsham

A fascinating and quaint historic estuary port, Topsham has some fine architecture. There are Dutch traders’ houses and fine examples of buildings from Georgian and Edwardian times.

Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral West Front

Medieval cathedral. Fine example of Gothic Decorated style. Longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world. Image screen on West Front, Minstrels' Gallery and tombs. Expert guided tours, trails and activities for the family

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



Nobody has commented on this post yet, why not send us your thoughts and be the first?

Leave a Reply