Town Trails, Walking, Cycling and Visits

In recent years Tiverton Civic Society has developed two town trails which enable visitors to visit many of Tiverton’s most important buildings and to raise awareness about the town’s historic and architectural heritage. Detailed pamphlets, which include maps, are normally available in the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, and these trails are linked to a number of informative and colourful display panels and pavement medallions. The display panels are shown below.

The two trails are The Merchants’ Trail and The West Exe Trail.

  1. _Merchants’ Trail (leaflet ARTWORK 2018) which starts at  the  top of Phoenix Lane, and ends at the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life. This is linked to five display panels and nine pavement medallions, and it covers much of the town east of the River Exe, including most of the Grade 1 and Grade 2* listed buildings . This leaflet may be downloaded, and paper copies are available in the museum. All the displsay panels are shown below:
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    Merchants’ Trail Panel 1
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    Merchants’ Trail Panel 2
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    Merchants’ Trail Panel 3
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    Merchants’ Trail Panel 4
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    Merchants’ Trail Panel 5

    An extra information panel, giving further information about St Peter’s Church, Tiverton Castle and the Wool Market, will be found at the north end of St Peter Street outside the church.outside St Peter’s Church. It can be viewed by clicking ‘Panel4 Final Proof’.


  2. The West Exe Trail which starts and ends on Exe Bridge. This award-winning trail was opened by Neil Parish M.P. in 2011. It is linked to three display panels and six pavement medallions. It covers much of the town west of the River Exe and it highlights Tiverton’s important textile industry, which dominated employment in the town for hundreds of years and still exists in West Exe. It also includes the Grade 2* Waldron’s Almshouse. The leaflet may be downloaded, but it also available in paper form in the Mid Devon Museum. The three panels are shown below:

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    West Exe Trail Panel 1
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West Exe Trail Panel 2
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West Exe Trail Panel 3

On request, Town Walks, led by a member of the Tiverton Civic Society, may be arranged. In addition, guided Town Walks, which anyone interested may join, are advertised during such events as Heritage Open Days.

Merchants’ Trail Walk led by Anne Davies

The booklet for the Exe Valley Way,

Pavement Medallion. Tiverton Merchants’ Trail. This features the merchant’s mark of Samuel Footecloth merchant and Tiverton MP..

which passes through Tiverton, can be viewed online, as can information about the cloth trade in Cullompton and the Culm Valley. Three more Tiverton Walks are provided by Pinns. There are fine circular walks at Knightshayes Court and in Buzzards National Trust wood in the Little Dart Valley a short distance to the west of Tiverton: access from Withleigh or West Exe/Seven Crosses. Tiverton is located on the National Cycle Network (West Country Way) and Sustrans provides detailed information including the Tiverton-Bampton route. Devon County Council have also published a leaflet including maps showing Tiverton and Culm Valley Cycle Routes. Explore Devon, Devon County Council, gives online details to walks including the Grand Western Canal and the Exe Valley Way from Tiverton to Bickleigh, with other links outlining local cycle routes etc.

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Buzzard Woods in April
Information Board for Buzzards
The Impey Walk at Knightshayes in November.

The tow path of the Grand Western Canal is very popular for both walking and cycling, and several information panels provide historical information including that illustrated, which is located at the Aqueduct (q.v.)IMG_0728

For enquiries about Town Walks please contact Anne Davies. (Telephone No 01884 254744)

Our society also organises guided visits to places of interest for our members, usually during the summer months.


Guided Visit to Hillersdon House, Cullompton. June 2017.

The main picture shows the Chilcot School on the Merchants’ Trail.