Exe Estuary Trail Highly Commended by travel writers

Posted on: 8 November 2016

One of Devon’s most popular walking and cycling routes, the Exe Estuary Trail, has been Highly Commended by the British Guild of Travel Writers.

The £17 million cycle and walking route extends over 26 miles running alongside the Exe Estuary, and linking Exeter Quay to the coastal towns of Exmouth and Dawlish.

Automatic cycle counters which record cycle trips on the trail have shown a significant increase in the number of people using the trail. The average number of people passing the automatic counter in Lympstone has risen by nearly 130 per cent since 2010, from an average 228 cyclists each day that year to an average 524 cyclists passing the counter each day last year.

Each of the tourism projects nominated for the awards were chosen by Guild members and selected via a secret ballot of its 270 professional journalists, writers, editors, photographers, broadcasters and travel bloggers.

Members of the Guild were asked to evaluate the initiatives on the basis of tourism potential and benefit to the local community.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said:

“The Exe Estuary Trail has become one of our county’s flagship cycle routes, and its popularity is growing all the time. And so too is its trophy cabinet!

“Being ‘Highly Commended’ by the British Guild of Travel Writers, whose members travel the world visiting the best tourism projects, is praise indeed.

“It places the Trail among the Guild’s nine best tourism projects this year across their UK, Europe and the Wider World categories, and therefore puts Devon among some of world’s best tourist destinations.”

Cllr Andrew Leadbetter2Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said:

“The Trail’s popularity with visitors to the county and people local to the area is continuing to grow, and it’s that which makes it an important economic asset to the county. It’s also helped numerous businesses to set up because of its attraction.”

For more information about the Exe Estuary Trail visit the website

2 comments on “Exe Estuary Trail Highly Commended by travel writers

  1. David Incoll says:

    A most well deserved accolade.
    Even in the dark of Winter it provides a wonderful opportunity to appreciate Devon’s year round beauty and amazing wildlife.

  2. Robert PORCH says:

    Congratulations to all of the teams and initiatives involved in drsigning and creating the Exe Estuary Trail. Long may it continue to attract walkers and cyclists for many years to come. May the maintenance of the trail, in particular the vegetation be kept clear for cyclists who often suffer bleeds from overgrown brambles and thorns. Also for the provision of more dog poop waste bins. Some of us have been campaigning for the Teign trail for decades…

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