“Walking is man’s best medicine,” so said Hippocrates, and the region grants myriad routes by which one may walk himself well…
South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path offers lots of opportunity for adventure as you leave Exmouth and enter the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to follow the Jurassic Coast towards Sidmouth.
If you have a little more stamina, why not walk up to the geoneedle? This picturesque spot is perfect for spectacular panoramic views during the day and amazing for stargazing at night.
East Devon Way
This 38-mile path takes you from Exmouth to Lyme Regis and follows footpaths, bridleways and stretches of quiet lanes.
The route passes through the heart of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
A 60 page walker’s guidebook for The East Devon Way is now available to download it from the East Devon AONB website.
If you are not up to walking the entire route in one go, you can also walk short sections of the trail from a number of easily accessible points, and it can be combined with part of the South West Coast Path National Trail to form circular walks.
Circular route maps are available on the East Devon District Council website.
The Avocet Line is a busy, thriving and much loved railway that runs the 9.5 miles along the eastern side of Devon’s Exe Estuary from Exmouth to the city of Exeter.
Avocet Ambles is a series of three leaflets produced by the Avocet Line Rail Users’ Group, with help from the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, to promote a selection of self-guided walks, all starting from and ending at Avocet Line railway stations. Details of the walks can be found on the Avocet Line Rail Users’ Group website.
A series of eight linked circular walks in the Exmouth and Lympstone areas. These walks provide for all abilities from a short circuit around Phear Park to a more demanding walk linking Exmouth and Lympstone. The original concept for the walks was devised by Mr Geoffrey Burgess, an Exmouth resident, who devised three interconnected circular walks which were then developed and published by Devon County Council from whose website they can be downloaded.
Exe Estuary Trail
The Exe Estuary Trail is a scenic walking and cycling route which runs along both sides of the beautiful Exe Estuary connecting Exmouth and Dawlish Warren to Exeter Quay. On the east side of the River Exe, the
trail is open for cyclists and walkers between Exmouth and Topsham. The route is fairly flat and takes in some fantastic views along the River Exe and Exe Estuary, a beautiful wildlife reserve. Surrounding the estuary are marshes, which provide a year-round haven for thousands of birds, looked after by the RSPB.
For more information on the Exe Estuary trail, bike and hire shops and cycling in Devon, please visit: Travel Devon.
Exmouth Blue Plaque Heritage Trail
You will be fascinated by the Exmouth Blue Plaque Heritage Trail which guides you around the most historic sites in the town, giving you the chance to soak up our history at your leisure by following in the footsteps of Nelson, Shelly, Byron, and others from bygone ages.
Exmouth Flower Trail
Follow your nose on the Exmouth Flower Trail. Exmouth has gained itself a reputation as a town of flowers as a result of the hard work of the Exmouth In Bloom team. For over 40 years, a team of dedicated horticulturalists have enthusiastically planted and maintained flowers around the town, which regularly wins a Southwest in Bloom prize. Why not follow the Exmouth Flower Trail and be guided through the best of the flora the town has to offer? We promise a treat for your senses as you follow your nose around the trail.
You can download a copy of the Exmouth Flower Trail Guide here.