Exeter Canal Walk
15th May 2011

Walkers ready to set off from the Quay
 Walkers ready to set off 
  from the Quay

Only 11 miles to go!
 Only 11 miles to go!

 About 50 walkers took part, with about two thirds completing
 the full 11 mile route to Turf Lock and back.

 Others chose to do the 5 mile route to Countess Wear and back. 

Helpers manning the registration tableAt the Quay

Helpers manning the registration table.

Each walker was given a sheet with a map and directions, and this was stamped when they reached the checkpoints at Duck's Marsh, Countess Wear and Turf Lock, to show how far they had walked.

The route went down the river past Belle Isle Park
to Duck's Marsh, and then followed the path beside
the mill stream.  After passing the remains of the old
paper mill walkers emerged onto Countess Wear Road.

Walkers approaching Countess Wear

On the way to
Countess Wear 

Walkers emerging from
the footpath onto
Countess Wear Road.

 By the river at Countess Wear

After passing this pleasant grassy area by the river it is just a short walk along a quiet road to the Countess Wear

Countess Wear checkpointChecking in at
Countess Wear

Walkers at the checkpoint.

This is where the 5 mile and 11 mile routes separated.  Those doing 5 miles followed the path across the meadow to join the canal towpath leading back to the Quay.

Those doing the 11 mile route however continued down the canal towpath to Turf Lock, where the canal joins the Exe Estuary.  The inn here is a popular venue on a nice Sunday lunchtime, despite being one of the few pubs in the country without public road access.

The checkpoint at Turf

The checkpoint at
Turf Lock

This marked the half-way point for those walking 11 miles.  After a welcome break and refreshment at the Turf it was all the way back along the towpath to the Quay.

If you would like to be informed of any future walks that may be arranged please phone
01395 274738 or
01392 861137

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