The River Exe, from Exeter to Exmouth

I’ve decided it’s time to post more about where I live, a really beautiful part of the world, so these are a few photos of the river that runs through my  home town. It begins north of here in the depths of the countryside but I’m beginning just down the road and ending ten miles away at the estuary.

So first of all, Exeter’s historic quay

Trew’s weir, a mile down river

Of course there are always mute swans

 Kriz’s photo here inspired this post, because it reminded me of one of my favourite paths, along the mill leat that begins just after the weir.

The leat rejoins the river

The old mill

Looking up river, with  the canal on the left .

Another lovely path

Reed beds

The canal, one of the oldest in the country, begins at the quay and runs about five miles to the Turf lock and parallel to the river. This is about half way down.

Topsham quay, the river’s half way point between Exeter and Exmouth

Topsham, looking down river.

Lympstone, eight miles down and the river is quite wide

and finally, the estuary looking west towards Dawlish Warren.

I hope you enjoyed your brief meander down stream!


51 thoughts on “The River Exe, from Exeter to Exmouth

    1. Yep there are lots of wonderful places to walk whether its gentle stroll or full on hike. The river and canal are part of a green area that circles the whole city, we have woods galore, the south west coast path and of course Dartmoor and Exmoor!

    1. Heidi! how lovely of you to comment, you’ve made my day!We are incredibly lucky aren’t we? we take ourselves off travelling and look at awesome sights but rarely look really closely at our own patch!I hope all is well in your world, it always sounds like you’re having a ball 🙂 x

  1. Such a beautiful area, thanks for sharing these images! The quiet and rural peace shines through, very inviting 🙂 … makes me sorry we are not coming to England anytime soon …although we were in Exeter and the Maritime Museum some years ago

    1. Were you Christine? I’m impressed that you came all this way and made it westward! Sadly the maritime museum is long gone and the quay area is gradually being smartened up 🙂

  2. I meant “live” not “libe”
    meanings for LIBE are
    1.Take the most awesome feeling you’ve had, then multiply it by 50. Getting libe rarely occurs but when it does it’s nearly impossible to control yourself. To reach a state of libeness you must be listening to Gucci Mane music, and nothing else.
    2. Something that is evil. Libe IS evil spelled backward, with a b instead of a v.
    (I am sorry but was that person smoking who came up with 2 ???)
    3. vocative singular of lībus
    4. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of libar.
    5. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of libar.
    6. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of libar.

    And I got all that becaue I made a spelling mistake…WOW…i am a little weird at times.

  3. Excuse my ignorance but how far is this from London? Can we get there by train? I’d love to see this place one day. Is a day trip possible from London?

    1. I sometimes go to London for the day but have to get the train by 7.30 to get there for 10ish, so it can be done but its expensive just for a day. There is a lot to de and see in Devon and its a great antidote to London’s noise and crowds!

  4. Gilly, what a beautiful place that is much more elaborate than the little walkway posted recently at my end! Thanks for sharing – glad my pic from a trip to Germany could be so inspirational 🙂
    Seriously – since there are people from the entire planet here at wordpress, it is always interesting to see the area where the authors live. so do feel free to post from here whenever you have the whim to do so! and thank you (lots!) for the pingback. 😀

    1. I think I will because it makes me appreciate it more and shows it off to the world. The counties of Devon and Cornwall are the most popular holiday destinations in the country outside London!

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