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Best Exeter Canal Walks

along the Exeter Ship Canal
Double Locks
1 hour walks
Select Your WalkWalk 1 (2.3 miles)Walk 2 (2.9 miles)Walk 3 (3.2 miles)
 Exeter QuayDouble Locks PubExminster Marshes

The Quay is a truly vibrant part of Exeter with lots of cafes & pubs and a river abuzz with swans and boats.

Three easy circular walks:

Point of InterestExeter Quay. Ship Canal
Double Locks, paper mill
PubsDouble Locks and several around the Quay
FerrySee below

Walk 1 Exeter Cathedral to Ship Canal (2.3 miles)

Exeter Canal


Many visitors to Exeter may find it difficult to find it's Quay as it is rather off the beaten track!

However, this very pleasant walk will guide you to the Quay and ship canal , via the famous St Mary Steps which used to be the only direct link from the city to its West Gate.

The route includes 2 suspension bridges, a lock and a boatyard.

You are guaranteed to see swans.

GPX for Mobile / GPS Walk 1


FIT for Watches / GPS Walk 1


Show on Google Earth 1

Map of Walk 1

Walk 2 via the Double Locks pub (2.9 miles)

Double Locks pub
Double Locks


This most popular (pub) walk takes you through a very old part of Exeter , past the ruins of what was once a thriving paper mill.

You return via the famous Double Locks pub and a canal often busy with rowers.

GPX for Mobile / GPS Walk 2


FIT for Watches / GPS Walk 2


Show on Google Earth 2

parkingResidential Parking :Glasshouse Lane


Walk 3 Exminster Marshes (3.2 miles)


This walk can also lead you to the  Pubs  Turf pub but add another 3 miles, ie 2 x 1.5 - see below.

It takes you along the canal out of Exeter through 'Old Sludge Beds' nature reserve into part of Exminster Marshes.

Along the route you may find swans, herons and other wild life.

Part of the track can be muddy.

Topsham Ferry Timetable

There is a further option of taking the ferry into Topsham but check time table (07801 203338).

Walk 3 
quality of track
FIT for Watches / GPS

Add an extra 3 miles (ie 2 x 1.5) if you wish to have a drink at the Turf . Just continue along the canal keeping it on your left - the other path can get overgrown.


Entrance to Exeter Sewage Treatment Works off A379 from Countess Wear Roundabout

Map of Walk 3