- From - to: Exeter City Centre to Exminster
- Distance: 5 miles
- Terrain: Traffic-free riverside path, flat. Surface is mostly tarmac
- Access: Exeter Central, St David's and St Thomas railway stations
- National Cycle Network: National Route 2
The route follows the western bank of the River Exe from Exwick, linking to the City Centre by way of the new purpose-built Miller's Crossing Bridge. It then continues southwards through Exeter's historic and attractive Quay, and then through the Riverside Valley Park between the Exeter Canal and the river to the village of Exminster.
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 and are looked after by the RSPB.
Download a route description sheet.
Things to see and do
- Exeter Cathedral
- Northernhay Gardens, Exeter
- Old Sludge Beds Nature Reserve
- Exe Estuary RSPB Reserve
- Powderham Castle
- Saddles and Paddles, Exeter
Extending the route
You can now travel all the way to Dawlish or Exmouth using National Route 2 because Devon County Council have completed the last link between Exmouth and Dawlish Warren with the opening of the new bridge over the railway at Powderham. Constructed to span the main railway line to Plymouth, the bridge is in a Special Area of Conservation and next to an internationally important bird reserve.
The Exe Cycle Route is part of the developing network of cycle routes in Exeter, one of England's oldest cities.
The Exe Estuary Trail is part of the developing network of cycle routes in Exeter, one of England's oldest cities.