The Exe Valley Way – Stage 2 – Exeter to Brampford Speke
This is a walk of about 5.5 miles, which takes you through parts of the city of Exeter, and out to the village of Brampford Speke. Start off at the Exe riverbank opposite Exeter Quay, and take the riverside walk, keeping the river on your right. Follow the path under the road bridges and when you get to the weir turn left onto the footpath and cycleway, making sure you follow the signs to Exwick. Keep on this path, going right at one junction, and you will get to a road bridge.
Turn right, and cross the bridges (the second bridge is the Exe) and cross the level crossing. Then turn right through the overflow car park to arrive at St. David’s Station. At the station entrance, turn left to the pedestrian crossing and climb St. Clement’s Lane to another pedestrian crossing. Cross this and go up Howell Road which is opposite. When you get to the top cross New North Road and turn left downhill, continuing on the pavement for 1.5 miles.
When you get to the roundabout cross Wrefords Drive and then carefully cross the main road (Tiverton Road) to the Crediton Road (i.e. turn left towards Crediton). At this point you will cross the railway and then cross the bridges over the rivers Creedy and Exe. Just be very careful on this stage of the walk.
Take the first road on the right and at the sharp left bend make sure you go straight ahead through the lodge gates. Keep right when you get to the fork, and take the waymarked diversion round the farmyard. Keep close to the fence towards a copse. Walk through and around to the right, and then continue on the track straight ahead. Leave the track at the point where it swings sharp right. Take the signed path which goes left ahead up and over a field.
Cross two fields diagonally then continue ahead on a track which turns into a surfaced lane. On reaching a much wider road, make sure you bear right then continue ahead. As you climb the hill you will arrive at the village of Brampford Speke. The village pub (the Agricultural Inn) is ahead on the left, the church down a lane on the right.
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