Twixmas, the period of downtime between Christmas and New Year when you can treat yourself to some well-earned and stress-free relaxation. A time for exploring and discovering new places, or even re-discovering old favourites. Whether it’s taking in the crisp winter air and burning off any festive excess exploring Haldon Forest or unwinding with a relaxing stroll along the River Exe as you take in nature’s wintry delights, the focus is on getting out and about to breath some fresh air and life into your body.

Exeter is blessed with an abundance of outdoor areas and activities just waiting to be explored, much of which can be accessed by foot. A popular way to find your way around the city, while learning about Exeter’s rich and proud history, is on a free Red Coat Guided Tour. There’s a range of tours available and what the expert guides don’t know probably isn’t worth knowing!

Northernhay Gardens

If one of your New Year resolutions is to become more active then why not get a head start with Exeter Riverside Parkrun. A free, fun and friendly 5k community event where you can walk, jog, run, volunteer or even just spectate and cheer everyone along. It’s a guaranteed feel good factor however you get involved.

For those who you’re feeling ambitious and rather fit then the Green Circle is a twelve mile walk that takes you on a journey from green countryside valley parks to quiet leafy suburbs, along the boundaries of Exeter. You’ll be surprised at some of the places you visit and the walk can also be broken down into five sections.

Ludwell Valley Park

You can’t beat a relaxing stroll along the River Exe and there’s something about the tranquillity of the water that allows you to lose yourself. On foot or two wheels, you’ve got the freedom to go as far or as little as you like and it’s amazing what even just a short outdoor journey can do for the mind and your well-being. Dial into nature with a spot of bird watching along the river bank and bring along the Christmas leftovers for a ready-made picnic.

Offering miles of trails and endless activities, Haldon Forest Park provides the perfect setting to rediscover your connection with nature and the great outdoors. A range of exhilarating mountain bike trails will blast away the cobwebs and is perfect for some adrenalin-filled family fun or if you seek a little more isolation then head deeper into the forest where you’ll be treated to incredible views.

Haldon Forest Park

Leave the stresses of driving and parking behind with a scenic journey along the river to Exmouth, where you can hop on board one of Stuart Line's ‘Festive Special River Cruises’. Sit back, relax and soak up the calm and sheltered waters of the River Exe. If the fresh wintry air becomes a little too much then snuggle up with a cosy blanket inside the covered, heated lower decks.


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

Find out more about the city’s turbulent history on a free guided walking tour with the Red Coat Guides, running daily throughout the year.

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.

Stuart Line Cruises
Boat Trip
Geology Day Trip

A family owned passenger boat business operating from Exmouth. With sailings along the East & South Devon coastline & River Exe. A large variety of trips available from scenic river cruises to all day excursions. Operating all year round.

Haldon Forest Park - Forestry England
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Strolling through Haldon Forest Park and enjoying the stunning views

Whether you want a gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for everyone at Haldon Forest Park. Open 364 days of the year, there is something for every interest to connect you with the great outdoors.

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.

River Exe Estuary
River Exe & estuary

The Exe Estuary is of international importance for wintering waders and wildfowl, supporting 1000s of birds. One of the best opportunities to view the wildlife of the estuary is at the the RSPB's two nature reserves.



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