Exeter has hundreds of hectares of attractive countryside within its boundary.
Much of this is accessible for the public to walk in. The main areas of public access are designated as Valley Parks.
Please note that not all land in the Valley Parks is open to the public so the guidance given below should be followed.
The countryside on your doorstep
Exeter's Valley Parks are there for all to enjoy. Close to people's homes, they offer a wide choice of leisurely walks, places to relax, fine views and plenty of wildlife. The parks are often close to schools and are a valuable resource for environmental education.
The Valley Parks are cared for by the City Council and offer ample opportunities to experience wildlife and natural open spaces. The countryside is a place where many people make their living so please respect the rights of landowners - keep to footpaths or bridleways and only enter fields where stiles or kissing gates are provided.
See our page on Responsible Dog Ownership for more information.
Finding your way around valley parks
All the Valley Parks are shown on the Exeter Street Plan available from Tourist Information Centres and shops. You can also refer to the Valley Parks leaflets which have been produced and these are available for download from the individual pages about each of the parks listed above, from libraries or from the Countryside Service.