Exeter’s Eastern Fields

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So much space! Found between Polsloe, Beacon Heath, Whipton and Pinhoe is this fantastic park.

A brilliant expanse for exercising everybody – suitable for bikes, scooters, skates, prams, dogs, balls, picnics…….

There is extensive free parking available at Exeter Arena, where you can also find a very popular skate park. Other parking spots are available on the roads bordering Eastern Fields but these can be busier and a bit hit and miss. The F2 stops near the Arena, the B bus stops along the northern edge on Beacon Heath.

If you stand and face The Isca Centre, then the path to the left of it takes you to an enclosed play area with swings etc. if you want to stay on surfaced paths for scooters/prams/wheelchairs then drop down to the right and go straight ahead. This length of track is perfect for learning to ride a bike as it’s mostly quiet and level.

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The path forks here and loops around – again a good spot for novice cyclists to gain confidence. If you carry straight on you will come to a bridge over the railway – this leads to Aldi and the Recycling Centre, if you go left and up the hill the play park is through the hedge on your left and there are wild areas for hide and seek to your right, with fallen logs to scramble and play on.

There are dog bins along all paths with plenty of room for a real off-lead run.

The wilder areas on the eastern side can get very boggy underfoot as the approach the Pin Brook, and are not suitable for anything with wheels but great fun in wellies!

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There are some lovely views and it’s easy to feel you are much further away from the city than you really are.

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