Walking The Exe Valley Way, Devon & Somerset

Luggage Transfers cover the Exe Valley Way route from Starcross to Exford.  Established in 2009, we move over 36,000 bags each year for visitors walking and cycling throughout the South West.

Below, you’ll find more information about the route, a popular itinerary for The Exe Valley Way, as well as a link to our walker friendly accommodation for the entire route.

Start: Starcross
Finish: Exford
Total Distance: 50 miles / 80 km
Luggage transfers available: 1st March to 31st October

This is one of those paths less travelled as there are many others which seem to overshadow it. It gives the walker a chance to follow the River Exe upstream from its mouth at Starcross through the history of South Devon. This signposted route offers both road and path walking and has options to extend further once reaching its official end point of Exford. Whilst the route can be walked in either direction, many enjoy leaving the sea and the busy city of Exeter behind them to explore the more serene areas inland. The suggested itinerary below is based on accommodation in larger towns, but with Luggage Transfers flexibility you may just find one or two hidden gems off the beaten track.

Extension to The Exe Valley Way

Should you wish to reach the geographical source of the River Exe, you would need to return to Withypool and follow the Two Moors Way towards the north coast past Simonsbath (12 miles). Exe Head can be reached up on the moor. Exmoor can be wild and exceptionally beautiful at any time of the year, but spring and autumn shows it at its best as the flowers, gorse and heathland become a swathe of colours and scents, awash with insects, birds and butterflies. If possible, spend an evening out in the wilderness – there is no light pollution on Exmoor which is why it has Dark Sky status. Sit back and watch the Milky Way appear before you retire to bed and dream of the memories you have created on this walk.

Popular itinerary on the Exe Valley Way