The Exeter Ship Canal runs for 5 miles to the Exe Estuary, and if you’re looking for walks a little further afield then it's a great way to see some of the countryside that surrounds the city. One of Exeter’s most popular pubs, The Double Locks, sits on the canal, and makes a great starting or stop-off point when walking the canal.
If you walk the section of canal between its basin and The Double Locks you'll pass the Canal Paper Mill along the way, and it might be hard to imagine these days but the area was once a thriving hub of activity. For a slightly longer walk, start at the Double Locks Pub and head to Topsham Lock Keepers Cottage, as this route is packed with things to see.
There's a small hand-pulled ferry close to Exeter's quay and canal basin that drops passengers from one side of the canal to the other for a small charge. Ok, so there's a bridge just around the corner but it's more fun to hop aboard the ferry and you'll be experiencing a piece of Exeter's history too - there's been a ferry on this section of the canal since 1641.