River Exe – Brampford Speke


Perfect for a picnic and a paddle! Brampford Speke can be reached either via Thorverton off the Bickleigh – Exeter road or via the Upton Pyne turn off the Exeter-Crediton road, near Bernaville nurseries. For a village so close to Exeter, it feels surprisingly rural and quiet.


Parking is limited and on road, but possible. This walk starts near the school in the centre of the village. Follow the road to the back of the school and head down the hill on a footpath to the river.


The path you want to take is on the right, through a gate just before the red bridge (though the bridge is good for standing and taking in the view!)

Pass through the gate on the right and follow the river bank for a while until you reach a gravel ‘beach’ where you can paddle and explore. If you continue downstream then there are further choices of ‘beach’ and even an island – depending on the level of the river and recent rainfall. Whilst it is shallow near the edge there are deeper parts with faster flow so care should always be taken. 

There are logs to sit on, trees to climb on and the whole river meadow to run around in!


There are no shops or toilets nearby. The gastropub in Brampford Speke – the Lazy Toad – is a lovely spot for a special meal or a quiet drink. There are general post office stores in Thorverton and Newton St Cyres. 

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