A Trail Guide to Walking the Two Counties Way


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At 56 miles long, the Two Counties Way is truly a wonderful route that takes in the varied landscapes of Devon and Somerset as well as the marvels of industrial history that forged Britain’s industrial might.

The Two Counties way is not a recognised national trail but rather made up of sections from other long distance national trails, ancient public foot paths, bridle ways and roads. This book was created to act as a guide for walking this wonderful route as it passes through the counties of Somerset and Devon.

You will initially begin in Somerset’s county town of Taunton before embarking on the route the Grand Western Canal, which dates back to the mid-18th century, once forged. Although most of the canal has long disappeared, remnants of the channel and tow path still exist. The final 11 mile walk to Tiverton remains intact and is a designated country park. This stretch offers a peaceful and tranquil escape allowing you to ponder how the canal would have once been a bustling hive of barges transporting cargo to its next destination.

From Tiverton, the path proceeds down and over the high rolling hills of the eastern side of the Exe Valley. At certain points, this part of the trail offers fantastic panoramic views stretching miles across the county. Upon reaching Broadclyst, you will make your way to Exeter’s historic canal basin.

For the final stage of this path, as you leave Exeter’s urban areas, you will be greeted with an array of birdlife as the path follows Exeter’s ship canal towpath onwards through marsh land that has been designated wildlife habitats. You will also bypass the lavish fortified manor and country estate of Powderham Castle before finally arriving at the coastal village of Starcross, near the mouth of the Exe Estuary.


This Guide contains

  • Detailed 1:25 000 OS maps covering the entire route.
  • Route broken down into easily manageable legs.
  • A suggested kit list, also available for free to download
  • Travel information.
  • Places of interest and village amenities such as historic locations, accommodation, eateries, public facilities.
  • Full six-figure grid reference for GPS reference.
  • Colour photography throughout.

Additional information

Weight 155 g
Dimensions 18 × 13 cm