The River Exe and the Exeter Canal are framed by paths winding south from Exeter Quay, past pubs and beside an ever-broadening estuary towards the sea.

Foot & Cycle Paths

Foot and cycle paths head southeast from Exeter Quay to join the Exe Valley Way, a trail shadowing both the Exeter Canal and the wide River Exe, and meeting the sea around 10 miles away. The paths make for good biking, hiking and kayaking trips: the first 3 miles are a blend of heritage city, countryside and light industrial landscape; the later sections are more rural. Custom House Visitor Centre stocks Exe Valley Way leaflets.

About 1.5 miles downstream from Exeter Quay the route reaches the laid-back Double Locks pub, which features real ale and a waterside terrace. The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Exminster Marshes Nature Reserve starts about 2 miles further on. Around 2 miles inside the reserve, the waterside Turf pub clings to a slither of land, and is an idyllic setting to enjoy good grub and summer barbecues. From there a rougher trail connects with a path to the appealing Powderham Castle. You can also navigate much of the above route by kayak, making an enjoyable, nontidal paddle past pubs.

Hire bikes, kayaks and canoes from Exeter's Saddles & Paddles.