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"No Private Vehicular Access Allowed !!" Top 5 Page for this destination Canalside Walks and Cycling Tip by johngayton

Canalside Walks and Cycling, Exeter: 3 reviews and 6 photos

  Canal View From My Bike
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  • Canal View From My Bike - Exeter
      Canal View From My Bike
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  • The Turf Lock - Exeter
      The Turf Lock
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  • Where The Canal Meets The Estuary - Exeter
      Where The Canal Meets The Estuary
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  • Pub Beer Garden - Exeter
      Pub Beer Garden
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  • Estuary View - Exeter
      Estuary View
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If you fancy an escape from the ubiquity of the city's infernal-combusting-engined machines then a wander down the Exeter Ship Canal is the ideal way to get away from them all and doublyplus ideal is the cracking pub at the end of the journey.

The Turf Hotel, located at the Turf Lock where the canal meets the Exe Estuary, is one of the few pubs in Britain that is not accessible by private motor vehicles. Instead the canal's towpath has been upgraded to form part of the new(ish and still under construction in parts) Exe Estuary Cycle/Walking Trail which loops traffic-free from Exmouth on the eastern side of the river to Dawlish on the west.

The six mile section from Exeter Quay to the pub makes for a pleasant canal-side stroll or cycle with the pub sitting on the spit of land where the canal and estuary meet. The immediate area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the pub's beer garden occupies a prime spot.

Not only is the location stunning but the pub itself manages to have a proper-pub feel offering a convivial welcome, a good range of local beers and home-cooked food using mostly local suppliers.


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  • Updated Apr 29, 2011
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