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Staying active in Exeter’s green and open spaces

Published: 10 November 2020

Ludwell Valley Park Luwell Valley Park

People in Exeter are being encouraged to make use of the city’s parks and green spaces to remain active during ‘lockdown’.

Exeter City Council said the city was home to more than 500 acres of green open spaces that can be used for walking, running and cycling.

Exeter has six expansive valley parks and dozens of recreational parks and green spaces. In fact you can circumnavigate the city keeping almost entirely to a patchwork of green footpaths known as Exeter’s Green Circle.

“With ‘lockdown’ it’s more important than ever that people remain fit and healthy,” said Cllr David Harvey, Lead Councillor for Environment and City Management.

“Getting out and about and enjoying Exeter’s green spaces can do wonders for morale. It’s scientifically proven than trees and wildlife help improve mental wellbeing,” he added.

Cllr Harvey said Exeter had so much green space it could easily be used responsibly at a safe distance, respecting government guidance.

“New guidance still allows people to exercise outdoors – with up to one member of another household, provided they remain social distanced,” he said.

The City Council recently launched a photography competition as part of National Tree Week, which runs later in the month from November to December.

People are being encouraged to get out and take a picture of their favourite tree in Exeter, with the winner receiving a tree which can be planted in their own garden or a favourite spot in the city. There is also a junior category for the competition.

For full details of the competition visit the City Council’s news website at

One-to-one fitness sessions are also still possible in the parks during ‘lockdown’, provided social distancing is observed and any equipment is sanitised before and after use. Unfortunately the tennis courts, skate parks and outdoor gyms in the parks have had to be closed in line with government guidance.  

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