City to Coast Walk (Exe Valley)

Exeter / Starcross, Exeter, Devon
The Exe Estuary


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

The Exe Valley Way is a long-distance route for walkers exploring some 45 miles of the valley. At its lower end the eight miles between Exeter and the coast follow the flat valley floor, partly alongside the historic Exeter Canal and partly alongside the estuary of the Exe.

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. Starcross is on the South West Coast Path and in summer a ferry operates across the estuary to Exmouth.

Relevant maps/guides: Landranger [1:50,000 scale] 192 Exeter and Sidmouth; Explorer [1:25,000 scale] 114 Exeter and Exe Valley [for Exeter to Topsham]; Explorer (1:25,000 scale) 110 Torquay and Dawlish [for Topsham to Starcross].

Facilities along route: Exeter - all facilities; Double Locks - pub; Countess Wear - pub, buses; Turf Lock - seasonal pub; Starcross - shops, pubs, café, toilets, buses, trains.

Notes on route: Completely flat, No stiles.
Theme: City, Coast
Special Interest: Birdwatching, Nature
Area: Exeter, Mid Devon

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Road Directions

Exeter is easily accessible by road, and Starcross is on the main coastal road south (A379) to Dawlish and Teignmouth.

Public Transport Directions

Regular bus and train services operate between Starcross and Exeter. It is also possible to get bus or train from Exmouth to Exeter.

Opening Times

City to Coast Walk (Exe Valley) (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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