Easily Accessible Paths

Easily Accessible Paths East

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(FP 11)  familyelderly

A scenic and level riverside walk, which starts at the Chantry bridge. Parking is in Colyton itself. This path is several miles long so its worth remembering as you walk that you also have to come back!

OS Landranger 192 Grid Ref: 245 942



(FP27)  familyelderly

A pleasant walk alongside the river suitable for all but wheelchairs, as it is unsurfaced. There are no stiles or barriers as kissing gates have been used so as not to limit access.

OS Landranger 192 Grid Ref: 254 927



(BR34)  familyelderly

Approximately 1 mile long this easy, level walk has outstanding views over the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it is level but may not be suitable when wet. This route can be found a mile north of Culmstock up 'Hunters Hill'.

OS Landranger 181 Grid Ref: 109 154


Exeter Canal Towpath


The beautiful and historic city of Exeter is well worth a visit in its own right, an extremely attractive and interesting city it also has many parks and walks. The most suitable of these is the old canal towpath which follows the canal all through the city. The towpath - a Public Right of Way - is flat and easy walking and a bird spotters paradise in certain places - you may need to watch out for the over enthusiastic cyclist. Access can be gained from many spots, one being the Double Locks pub near the Marsh Barton Industrial Estate. After parking and sampling the pubs unusual beers you can walk it off towards the Turf Locks, another good pub some 3 1/2 miles further along the canal.

OS Landranger 192 Grid Ref: 932 900



(BR11)  familyelderlywheelchair

An attractive and level riverside path, the first part of which is surfaced and suitable for wheelchair use. This path runs alongside the Exe Estuary, offering spectacular views and providing super opportunities for bird-watching over this internationally important area. Parking is available alongside and there are picnic facilities nearby.

(For the adventurous, this forms the western end of the East Devon Way, a challenging waymarked 30-mile walk between Exmouth and Lyme Regis)

OS Landranger 192 Grid Ref: SX 999813


Photo - Malcolm Burgess



(BR41) familyelderly

A stunning ridge walk of approximately 1 mile, this route starts at a car park and viewpoint off the Sheldon 'Broad Road' and progresses across the top of Downlands Plantation. The route is easy walking in fine weather, but may not be suitable in winter. Alternatively, park in the church car park at Blackborough to approach from a different angle.

OS Landranger 192 Grid Ref: 096 069


Otterton Mill


Parking is available in Otterton Mill car park or in Otterton Village itself. Join the path as it starts by the Mill and follow the river for approx 2 miles until you meet White Bridge. Turn right over the bridge and then right again and you will find yourself back on the original path after about a mile. A round trip of approximately 3 miles of easy walking and very pleasant scenery - herons and kingfishers are not an uncommon sight. After the walk why not pop into the Mill for tea and cake!

OS Landranger 192 Grid Ref: 079 852



(FP53 & 52) familyelderlywheelchair

The Byes is a tarmaced path running from Sidford to Sidmouth sea front which is regularly used by local wheelchair users to gain access to the town. Sidmouth itself is an attractive and friendly town with an accessible sea wall and lovely sea views, an ideal place for a cream tea stop! Parking is probably easier in the less busy village of Sidford.

OS Landranger 192 Grid Ref: 134 896


Devon County Council Country Park:
The Grand Western Canal


The Grand Western Canal stretches many miles along the mid Devon countryside and has become a stunning linear nature reserve for all to enjoy. Driving along the road from Tiverton to Halberton you will cross the canal, parking is available in a large lay-by after the bridge and ramps are provided for wheelchair access. Walking is good either way along the canal but you will need to turn back to get off again unless you walk all the way to Tiverton where there is access into the town near the police station.

OS Landranger 181 Grid Ref: 998131


Sampford Peverell

Another stretch of the Grand Western Canal, access can be gained from the car park in Lower Town and once again the path can be followed as far as you choose! Access onto the canal is also available in Tiverton, for details of exact access points

OS Landranger 181 Grid Ref: 030 141

Tel: The Grand Western Canal Country Park 01884 254072




An old railway line runs through the village of Uffculme and on into the traditional fields in the surrounding countryside. The railway itself belongs to the Uffculme Trust and has been adapted in several places for wheelchair access. Entrance can be gained by the village hall for walkers and parking and access are available at Coldharbour Mill for wheelchair users. A lovely way of entering the beauty of rural Devon, this path gives you pleasant surfaced walking from the village and on into the nearby fields.

OS Landranger 181 Grid Ref: 070 125