The Exe Valley Way

The Exe Valley Way is a long distance route for walkers exploring the length of this beautiful river valley. It is almost 80km/ 50miles in length stretching from the South West Coast Path National Trail on the Exe Estuary to the village of Exford on the high land of Exmoor National Park.

An additional 12km/7.5 miles route links Exford to Exe Head, the source of the River Exe, high upon the moor (optional).

Most of the route follows beside the River Exe. At the northern end of the route, the route follows the River Barle, a tributary of the River Exe, before rejoining the Exe at Exford. The majority of the route follows footpaths and quiet country lanes where there is little traffic but there are brief stretches of busy roads in Exeter and Tiverton.


  • Exploring the varied landscapes, from the Exe Estuary with its special bird life, through the valleys and deep wooded valleys of mid Devon and Exmoor.
  • Exploring the peaceful banks of the Exeter Ship Canal and canal side pubs.
  • Watching the wildlife along the route, including birds of prey, red deer and ponies.
  • Passing through picturesque villages along the route.

Route Facts

Start: Starcross
Finish: Exford
Total Distance: 50 miles (80 km)
Season March – October


EXE1 The Exe Valley Way – 4 days / 5 nights £480.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
Day 1 Arrive in Starcross    
Day 2 Starcross to Sampford Speke 14 miles (22 km)
Day 3 Sampford Speke to Tiverton 12 miles (19 km)
Day 4 Tiverton to Dulverton 13 miles (21 km)
Day 5 Dulverton to Exford 13 miles (21 km)
Day 6 Depart after breakfast  
EXE2 The Exe Valley Way – 6 days / 7 nights £655.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
Day 1 Arrive in Starcross    
Day 2 Starcross to Exeter 10 miles (17 km)
Day 3 Exeter to Thorverton   8 miles (13 km)
Day 4 Thorverton to Tiverton   8 miles (13 km)
Day 5 Tiverton to Bampton   8 miles (13 km)
Day 6 Bampton to Dulverton   6 miles (9 km)
Day 7 Dulverton to Exford 13 miles (21 km)
Day 8 Depart after breakfast
Supplements / Options
  Extra Night (Standard) £50.00 per person / per night
Extra Night (Dulverton) £58.00 per person / per night
  Single Supplement £20.00 per person / per night
  Solo Walker Supplement £30.00 per person / per night


We provide travel information for your guidance only, we are happy to assist with more detailed travel arrangements or arrange taxi’s (where necessary).

If you require any assistance with travel planning, please do not hesitate to contact us for guidance.

Getting to Starcross

By Air – The closest airports are Exeter and Bristol, both having connecting bus / rail connections with Exeter / Starcross.

By Train – The nearest mainline rail station is Starcross (0 miles). Visit for more information. 

By Bus – There is a regular local bus service from Exeter or Newton Abbot,  for timetable and information visit

Returning from Exford

By Air – The closest airports are Exeter or Bristol, both having connecting bus / rail connections from major towns.

By Train – The nearest stations are Taunton (28 miles) or Tiverton Parkway (33 miles). Visit for more information.

By Bus – There is a limited bus service from Exford to Minehead (No Sunday Service) for connections to Taunton, for more information visit

Alternative options include thExmoor Moor Rover service to Minehead to connect with regular bus services to Taunton.


Route Info

General Information

The distances and ascents / descents are approximate and for guidance only. The individual making the booking is responsible for ensuring that each member of the party is suitably equipped with standard / survival equipment as necessary for the route / terrain involved.


It is advisable that you and each member of your party, takes out holiday insurance to protect yourselves, equipment, luggage and to cover against non-refundable costs should you have to cancel your trip due to unexpected circumstances or ill health. You should ensure that any such policy covers you for the activities being undertaken during your holiday.


The route is partially way-marked. But the Exmoor section has remote and isolated sections and these can be difficult during periods of bad weather or poor visibility. Therefore good navigation skills are essential for undertaking this route.

Experience & Fitness

The tour is suitable for most people with good physical fitness. The route is graded as moderate, but there are sections of rugged terrain with many height gains and losses. In addition the Exmoor section contains remote and isolated sections.


You should always ensure you are properly equipped for your walking holiday and prepared for varying weather conditions along the route. Your holiday pack contains a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking / survival equipment for a days walking.

Luggage Transfers

Your luggage will be transferred each day between each overnight accommodation as detailed within your itinerary. Please check with your accommodation provider where your bags should be left for collection each morning. Luggage transfers are one bag with a maximum weight of 20kg per person.




We use comfortable hotels, country inns, guest-houses and B&B’s in selecting your accommodation and aim to provide these as close to the trail as possible. We work closely with all of our accommodation providers, each one being selected based on their quality of accommodation and the warm welcomes they provide. We will always request accommodation with private en-suite facilities, but in remoter locations this may not always be available. Please note, that due to the route and location of available accommodation you may need to walk / travel a short distance where accommodation is not available along the route (We can provide taxi transfers if required and booked in advance), your holiday pack will contain directions and location map of each nights accommodation.


All of our holidays are provided on a Bed & Breakfast basis, thus giving you the flexibility to choose your own options for lunch and evening meals. Your holiday pack will contain information on the options available along the route to stop for lunch and places to obtain an evening meal locally, along with places to obtain packed lunches. Accommodation providers may be able to offer evening meals and packed lunches by prior arrangement if this should be required.

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

If you require single room either as an individual or as part of a group we would be happy to accommodate you although a single room supplement is payable.

Additional Nights

You can book as many extra nights as you wish, just tell us during your booking where you would like to spend extra days and we would be happy to arrange this for you and provide a quotation and personalised itinerary for this.


What’s Included

  •  Accommodation in comfortable hotels, country inns, guest-houses and B&B’
  •  Breakfast each morning for the duration of your holiday.
  •  Luggage transfers each day between each overnight accommodation.
  •  A detailed holiday pack, route guide and maps.
  •  Assistance with travel arrangements (where required).
  •  Emergency support during your holiday.