Spend the day touring Exeter’s waterside on foot or bike

Exeter, Devon

Exeter's quayside is a hub of activity, with independent shopping, historic buildings, restaurants and excellent riverside walking and cycle routes.

Pause on your city break as skilled craftspeople work in cellars located inside historic bonded warehouses. This is the perfect place to browse and buy one-off items, from carefully crafted wooden furniture to unique jewellery.

The quayside is home to the South West’s largest indoor climbing wall at the Quay Climbing Centre, which hosts the annual Deep Water Solo Climbing Competition. This is one of many events held throughout the year, including live music and the twice monthly Night Market.

Spring is a wonderful time to sit and relax beside the river at one of the numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants, before getting active and exploring by canoe or bicycle. Well-signposted walking and cycle routes follow the canal, with waterside pubs along the way.

This is the ideal starting point for the 26-mile Exe Estuary Trail linking Exeter with Exmouth and Dawlish Warren, part of the National Cycle Network Route 2.

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For more local tourist information:

  • Exeter Tourist Information Centre
  • Email Address tic@exeter.gov.uk
  • Contact Details 01392 665700

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Two people exploring the River Exe by canoe at Exeter's quaysideExploring the River Exe by canoe at Exeter's quayside © Tony Cobley
Two people exploring Exeter's quayside by bicycleExploring Exeter's quayside by bicycle © Tony Cobley
A couple alfresco eating on Exeter's quaysideAlfresco eating on Exeter's quayside © Tony Cobley

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