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River Otter
You can take a walk along the banks of this river from Tipton St John. The river flows south-westerly, passing through villages and towns including Honiton and Ottery St Mary before reaching the sea at Budleigh Salterton.
Large stretches of the river are of environmental importance. The estuary is a nature reserve managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust. It's a special site of scientific interest (SSSI).  Due to conservation efforts over recent years, otters can once again occasionally be spotted in the river.

A thirty minute drive from Venn Ottery will take you to the high moorland of Dartmoor National Park.  From here there are various walking trails with spectacular views over to the coast.  Explore ancients ruins, climb to the top of Hay Tor and walk amongst the wild moorland ponies.  The website is an excellent source of information on things to do on Dartmoor. Fingle Bridge, Postbridge, Ashburton and Okehampton are all great places to start various circular walks.

Southwest Coast Path
You are able to pick this up at most of the beaches along the coast in either direction.  Each of the long distance walks can be done in shorter sections, and are well served by public transport links.
If you fancy a circular walk with spectacular views, start at Branscombe beach car park, and take the steep path up and over the cliff top towards Beer.  Once at the headland with Beer down to the left, a stile situated on the right will take you back down along the cliff edge and via a tree lined path, where you have the option of taking a left fork back down to the beach, and back to the car park.  This walk is very steep at the beginning and has some steep drops on the return journey, but is well worth the effort.
From Budleigh Salterton, the coastal path will take you up and over to Orcombe Point at Exmouth. You will see the Geoneedle marking the western boundary of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, which stretches back the way you have come all the way to Dorset. The rocks here are from the Triassic period and are over 250 million years old.

Exeter Quay
The historic quayside is a ten-minute walk from the Cathedral and is the ideal place to try an irresistible Devon cream tea. Take a leisurely stroll along the River Exe, or for a longer walk head to the Double Locks pub for lunch.  Exeter shipping canal is one of the oldest in the country, and the Double Locks are the longest, housing two ships at a time. 
There are also plenty of other activities to get involved in, from rafting or hiring a pedalo, to canoeing or cycling from this very point.

East Hill Strips (woodland walks)
Travel by car to the centre of Ottery St Mary and take the second exit out of The Square along Yonder Street for about two miles as the road winds up a steep hill. Upon reaching the top, follow the signpost right to East Hill Strips. At the end of this tree-lined road is a car park where you can first take in the stunning view over the valley, and then walk through the woods as far as Beacon Hill which looks out to the coastline at Sidmouth.

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