5.25miles/
8.5kms

Exeter Ship Canal

About this route

Exeter Ship Canal forms part of the Riverside Valley Park, managed by Exeter City Council.  Although the canal is over five miles in length, it is possible to walk various circuits using the numerous paths and cycleways in the area.

Getting Around

Parking is close to the Canal Basin in Exeter or the Double Locks.

Facilities
Information Centre on Exeter Quay. Refreshments on Exeter Quay and at Double Locks and Turf Hotel.
Terrain
The towpath is surfaced throughout and is flat and easy walking, suitable for all users. The route is also a cycle track so you will need to be on the lookout for enthusiastic cyclists.
Accessibility

OS Maps

Landranger (1:50,000): No. 192 Exeter and Sidmouth.

Explorer (1:25,000): No. 114 Exeter and the Exe Valley.

For More Information

Exeter Ship Canal Walks

Traveline

Interesting information

The Exeter Ship Canal was first opened to shipping in 1566, although the present entry to the Canal at Turf Lock was not completed until 1827.  It was built to divert trade from Topsham which, at the time, was the second busiest port in the UK.

South of the Double Locks bird hides, look across the extensive pools and ditches – look out for herons, kingfishers, shelduck and thousands of dragonflies!

Exminster Marshes is an RSPB Reserve; it is a superb high tide roost in winter and a spring breeding area for waders and wildfowl.

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