The Exeter and District Ramblers have produced a collection of hand-picked trails to encourage Exeter residents to get outside and discover a new side to their city.
The collection has been published as a book called Walking Around Exeter, and is available for £5 from the Real Food Store. The 16 routes in the collection range from 2.5 to 7 miles in length, and are suitable for all ages and abilities.
Les Bright, a member of Exeter Ramblers who has overseen the project, said: “Many people have rediscovered the joy of walking during lockdown, and trips to nearby beauty spots are now a regular occasion for many individuals and families. However, there are plenty of hidden places in Exeter that make great walking trails without the need to travel long distances from home. The aim of the Walking Around Exeter project is to help people discover those places and reconnect with their city in a new way.”
The collection provides not only maps and directions, but also a wealth of historical and cultural information about the areas and artefacts encountered during the walks. The cast of characters within its pages include a sea captain who accompanied Charles Darwin around the world, a 19th century botanist, a one-time governor of Massachusetts Bay, Saxon travellers, and the ghosts of executed prisoners.
Bob Pond, Chairman of Exeter Ramblers, said: “It is a real pleasure to share this collection of our members’ favourite walks with the Exeter community. From woodland paths to riverside walks, through villages, parks and hidden paths, the collection provides an odyssey of options to lace the boots up and get walking.
“There has never been a better time to discover the trails that Exeter has to offer.”
Get your copy for £5 from The Real Food Store.
For more information about the Exeter Ramblers, go to www.exeterramblers.org.uk