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Exmouth Esplanade Cycle Lane

You can’t beat a ride alongside the ocean blue. The sound of the waves against the shore line, the squawking of seagulls, the fresh sea air. Plus a play on the gorgeously golden sands of Exmouth Beach before or after the ride. This route is a must for all budding riders!

The Exmouth Esplanade is a shared pathway for some of the way so its important to be wary of other users, especially when you have a young inexperienced rider.

If this is your first time riding this route, I’d try and pick a time when it might be a little quieter as it can get quite busy during peak weekend hours.

Make sure that you don’t pick a windy day either. It’s an exposed course and a strong head wind or side wind that whips up the sand can turn a lovely family outing into a painful experience!

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Map

Exmouth Esplanade Cycle Ride Map
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Starting Points

The starting point for this ride is the Ice Cream Kiosk on the Esplanade, just opposite Queens Drive Space, EX8 2AY.

Ice Cream Kiosk Exmouth Esplanade

There are two public car parks nearby, one just along from Queens Drive Space and one further along the Esplanade by the RNLI building. There are also plenty of on-street parking bays all the way along the Esplanade.

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Section 1

The whole ride is on tarmac so it’s a good surface for cruisy riding. Stormy weather does tend to whip up a bit of sand onto the pathway so it’s best to avoid this ride straight after some nasty weather.

Exmouth Esplanade Cycle Lane

This section of the ride has two sides to the pathway separated by a small concrete hump for most of the way. One side is for cyclists and the other for walkers. It’s always a little tricky when you are taking a toddler or pre-schooler along here to know which side to let them ride on. If you are walking along with them, I’d have them on the walkers side. If you are all riding together, stick to the the bike side.

This two lane section runs for about 700 meters one way and finishes just by the RNLI Lifeboat Station.

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Section 2

Exmouth Esplanade near Orcombe Point

Follow the pathway that skirts to the left of the RNLI building as this gives you plenty of room. The walkway that goes to the right has a narrowish tight corner which can be a little dangerous on the bike.

This second section of approximately 800 meters one way is a shared pathway. It’s nice and wide but keep a close eye on your rider as you head down here. You often get people heading out of their cars and cutting across the pathway without really looking.

Exmouth Esplanade Orcombe Point

The turnaround point is the very obvious cluster of flag poles by Orcombe Point.

You may want to stop and grab some refreshments here at Bumble and Sea. Or head on back the way you came for a well earned ice cream!

If you wanted to start down at Orcombe Point, you can do the course in reverse.

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Ride Stats

Exmouth Esplanade Cycle Lane
  • Total Distance: 3km
  • Section 1 Distance: 700 meters one way
  • Section 2 Distance: 800 meters one way
  • Turn Around Point: Flag Poles at Orcombe Point
  • Surface: Tarmac the whole way.

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Facilities

There are public toilets just between Budgens and Exmouth Rowing Club although they may still be closed due to COVID-19.

You can grab a cuppa from either the Ice Cream Kiosk or the other end at Bumble and Sea.

If you have brought a picnic, the tables and seating at Queens Drive Space is a perfect spot for it.

Happy riding! I’d love to hear how you went.

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Kes

Exeter Quay to Riverside Valley Park Ride

In the heart of Exeter City centre, flanked by the Exeter Canal and the River Exe, is a gorgeously lush peice of green space that is perfect for little wheels.

This is another traffic free ride with an aquatic theme. The path is tarmac the whole way and is open with marshland to one side and grassy banks to the other. It runs parallel to the Exeter Canal for part of the ride, and in the Spring time and early Summer, you can spy the white swans and their cygnets floating serenely on the water.

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Map

Exeter Quay to Riverside Valley Park Map
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Starting Points

Exeter Quay to Riverside Valley Park Ride

The main starting point is off Haven Road and Maritime Court, EX2 8DU, right by the Sea Cadets building.

There is FREE on street parking for 2 hour blocks up behind Exeter Rowing and Canoe Clubs.

Alternatively, there is Haven Banks Car Park EX2 8GW nearby.

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Section 1

This ride starts with two bridges to cross, over the two branches of the Exeter Canal. Wooden boards make a great rumble sound with scooter or bike wheels and there are often canoes or sculling boats to watch as you bridge the water.

Exeter Quay to Riverside Valley Park

Then you are onto a tarmac single multi use pathway that bends round to the right and runs parallel to the Exeter Canal. Look out for the white swans and their cygnets in Spring and early Summer here.

This section probably lasts for about 200 meters before you take a left hand branch up a slight rise into Section 2.

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Section 2

Exeter Quay to Riverside Valley Park Ride

You are now onto the split pathway with a cycle lane and walking lane.

It’s always tricky to know which path to use when you have a very young rider with you.

I would suggest that you take the cycle lane if you have a relatively experienced rider. If you are walking alongside your whizz kid, make sure that you keep well to one side. Commuters and recreational riders buzz along here quite fast at times.

Exeter Quay to Riverside Valley Park Ride

Towards the end of this section, the path bends round to the right and on the left hand side is the gate into the Riverside Valley Park, managed by The Devon Wildlife Trust.

Hop off the bikes and have play through buttercup-filled meadows alongside the winding River Exe with wonderful views across the city to its cathedral. It’s a lovely spot to have a little picnic as you are almost at the half way point of this ride.

Exeter Quay to Riverside Valley Park.

The metal barrier just before Salmon Pool Bridge, marks the turnaround point and this section is about 1km one way.

On your way back, you have stunning views with Exeter Cathedral rising above the green trees with the Quay and moored boats in the distance.

You can do the course in the reverse and start at Salmon Pool Bridge if that is a easier option for where you live.

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Ride Stats

Exeter Quay to Riverside Valley Park Ride
  • Total Distance: 2.4km round trip
  • Section 1 Distance: 200 meters one way
  • Section 2 Distance: 1km one way
  • Turn Around Point: Metal barrier
  • Surface: Mainly smooth tarmac with two bridges to cross.

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Facilities

There are public toilets on the other side of the Quay by The Craft Cellar that are open.

The Welcome Cafe is currently closed at the time of writing but is a gorgeous spot for some drinks and the biggest slices of cake you will ever see!

The Quay has a variety of eateries although sadly many of them are still closed due to COVID-19.

Happy riding! I’d love to hear how you went.

Drop us a line in the comments box below or via any of our social media contacts.

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