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|Exeter City Walk|
|Author: Richard, Published: 08 Jul 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A short walk of 3 miles through the ancient city of Exeter following, in part, the city wall of which 70% is still standing. The walk starts at the popular quayside area and passes by the cathedral and through the spectacular Northernhay Gardens with its many statues and Norman castle. |
A city in the location of Exeter probably existed before 250BC, with a Roman city founded in AD 50. It has always been an important city for trading and commerce through Saxon, Norman, Elizabethan, the industrial revolution and modern times when it has been described as one of the ten most profitable places for a business to be located in the UK.
Previously regarded as second only to Bath as an architectural site, since the bombing of World War II and subsequent reconstruction Exeter has been a city with some beautiful buildings rather than a beautiful city.
The walk is mostly flat except for the ascent and decent to the quay, and follows well made tarmac paths. There are several road crossings which can be quite busy with traffic. Public toilets are available at the quay at the start of the walk. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Parking is in the cathedral and quay, pay and display, multi-storey car park. Approximate post code EX1 1DX.
|Start to Chain Ferry|
Start point: 50.7186 lat, -3.5312 long
Leave the cathedral and quay, pay and display, multi-storey car park and make your way down the steps and slope to the quay side and start the walk from the Custom House.
|Chain Ferry to South Street|
Start point: 50.7178 lat, -3.5301 long
When reaching the opposite bank turn right and take some time to visit the various craft shops and small cafes housed within the arches of the embankment overlooking the Exe.
|South Street to Cathedral|
Start point: 50.7202 lat, -3.5296 long
Walk along the footpath known as Little Southern Hay Lane with the city wall on your left. Go up the steps at the end to reach a T-junction with a road. Turn left here to pass under the 1814 wrought iron foot bridge. Walking straight ahead you will emerge into Cathedral Close with Exeter Cathedral on your left.
|Cathedral to Northernhay Gardens|
Start point: 50.7228 lat, -3.529 long
From the cathedral continue straight ahead and from the cobbled street enter the narrow alleyway of Matin’s Lane and pass The Ship Inn on the right. Cross over the High Street and continue ahead into Queen Street. Then turn right into Little Queen Street and continue as it becomes Musgrove Row. Pass by the central library and follow the street as it bends right and then left. Continue straight ahead into Bailey Street and then left into Northernhay Place which is the oldest public open space in England, being originally laid out in 1612
|Northernhay Gardens to North Street|
Start point: 50.7263 lat, -3.5286 long
Pass through the gated entrance to the gardens. Continue ahead and take the left fork to follow the walls on your left. Looking at the city walls in Northernhay Gardens you can clearly see the diffrent types of stone used during different building periods from Roman times through Saxon, Norman and 17th Century.
|North Street to End|
Start point: 50.7235 lat, -3.5344 long
At the crossroads turn left uphill into North Street and then cross over the High Street and straight ahead into South Street.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author Richard and may not be reproduced without permission.
Thanks to this suggested walk we really make the most of our 4h staying in Exeter. My 3 children truly enjoy it.
|By mgastaut on 11 Apr 2016|
We walked the majority of the walk, which we enjoyed. However the ferry mentioned only runs part of the year and cannot be relied on. We used the nearby bridge to complete that portion of the walk.
|By lesleyb21 on 13 May 2017|
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