If you like walking check out the canal - you can walk for several miles along the tow path, starting at a great pub called the Double Locks (Marsh Barton area), down to Turf Locks where the canal joins the river Exe
For those of you who have visited me elsewhere on this site it may come as no surprise to find out that I do enjoy a good walk. For those of you who haven't visited me elsewhere.......do so now...........I MEAN NOW!!........'cos if you don't I'm not going to continue with this tip.
OK, now that you've got an idea of where I'm coming from, I'll continue.....a good walk always involves a destination, and strangely enough the destination, for me, invariably involves a pub or restaurant and this walk is no different. The destination in this case is the Double Locks Hotel, a pub that does quite reasonable food and absolutely excellent beer.
If you go down to the river from the city centre there are various bridges which will take you across river to the Exeter Canal, along which are the old towpaths (from the days before the infernal combusting engine when horses did all the towing of the barges). Follow the path (either side of the canal) and about a mile ( a proper DEVON MILE!) out of the city there is a pair of canal locks and the aforementioned pub. This is one of my favourite walks, it usually takes me about 30 mins to get there and sometimes several hours to get back, but I have yet to fall into the canal - oh! dear! that's tempting fate!!
If this piques your curiosity have a look at the travelogue.
Day after John's birthday and everyone is recovering from the Russian Restaurant (and its 40plus varieties of vodka) so we head off to FIngal's Bridge. Take the A30 out of Exeter on the Oakhampton road. As you drive the land to the left becomes wilder; gorse and moorland, crowned by the occasional tor. Turning off the main road you end up on ever smaller roads to the tiny village of Drewsteignton and down the side of the valley to the Bridge. There is a nice pub with a furnace like fire that serves okay food, for (I thought!) a hefty price, but it's a good place to sit and watch the wildlife while you down a few beers. Inevitably my kids ended up in the River Dart so taking spare clothes is a good idea. There are also beautiful woodland walks up and down both sides of the river. Castle Drogo estate also starts here but I'm saving that walk for a non-hangover day as I have no idea how big a hike it is. Probably a very busy place in the summer, which might make car parking a problem.
One of the many unique features of Branscombe's church is this fragment of a wall painting. It shows an embracing couple being impaled by a skeletal demon.
Apparently there used to be a whole series of these murals, depicting the punishments for the Seven Deadly Sins.
Halfway between Seaton and Sidmouth is the scraggly village of Branscombe, a long string of houses tumbling down a deep but narrow valley.
At the top end of the village, about a mile from the pebble beach, is this church.
On to Colyton, a small town a few miles north of the large resort town of Seaton. Antique doubledecker trams connect the towns.
Colyton's church is quite impressive. The flamboyant tower and windvane can be seen for miles.Inside Colyton's church is a chapel dedicated to an old local aristocratic family where you'll see several extravagant monuments.
Unsurprisingly, Northleigh is just a couple miles north of Southleigh.
The church here is atop a hill with views over the surrounding village and farms. Its white rendered tower makes for a distinctive landmark.
The Blackdown Hills of east Devon are famous for their many ancient churches and quaint towns. Many hundreds of miles of narrow lanes lined by tall hedges twist through the hills.
Along one of those lanes between Ottery St. Mary and Seaton you might come across Southleigh, where you'll find this old church. It overlooks a field where dairy cows graze during the day.
If you are in Exeter there are some really nice walks down by the river,if you dont feel like walking you can take a ferry ride and see some of the country side.
All these churches proved too much for our friend Leigh...
This is an empty coffin propped up outside the doors of Branscombe's church.