The Exe Valley Way – Stage 1 from Starcross to Exeter
The Exe Valley Way stretches for some 50 miles in total. Most of the route follows the River Exe and it is separated into 10 stages. Stage 1 starts off at Starcross.
Starcross is a large village situated halfway between Exeter and Dawlish. Starcross has most facilities which you would expect to find in a Devon village: frequent buses and trains, pubs, shops, toilets and car park. There are also two canal side pubs, at the Turf Lock and at Double Lock on this stretch of the Exe Valley Way.
Start off at the footbridge leading to the ferry. Go past the toilets, towards the footpath and alongside the railway. Make sure you leave the grassy area by the metal gate and then take the minor road. This road,which forks right, goes back towards the railway and estuary.
Continue in a northerly direction . At Powderham Church, where the road swings away from the estuary, take the footpath and go straight ahead. Make sure you cross the railway and continue alongside the estuary to the Turf Lock Hotel at the end point of the Exeter Canal. At the canal keep to the towpath on the opposite side to the estuary and follow this all the way to Exeter Canal Basin. This is about 5 miles.
When you get to the swing bridge after about 3 miles, be careful as you cross over the road. At the Canal Basin (next to the Harbour Master’s Office), take the wooden bridge over the canal. At this point you then need to go left, alongside the river. You will see the historic Exeter Quay which will soon appear on the opposite bank. You can reach the Quay by the small chain ferry, or alternatively, go over the tall footbridge.
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