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…
Follow the Exeter City Wall Trail in the city centre, to discover facts about the historic Roman wall which 70% still stands today. Follow the trail to discover colourful information boards, quizzes and puzzles for the whole family! Did you know? The oldest parts of the wall are almost 2000 years old!
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!
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!
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!
Have you been curious about Exeter’s striking history, but don’t know where to start? Luckily for you, the Red Coat Guides are around to take you on a tour of our city’s fascinating past! Check out their latest leaflet, pick a tour and start discovering - for a delightful yet informative walk around our city centre!
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.
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 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…
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.
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…