The Clyst Valley Regional Park is waiting for you to explore its heritage and nature, and breathe in its fresh country air

The Clyst Valley is a vast green space to breathe, on the doorstep of a rapidly growing population east of Exeter. It follows the meandering River Clyst (meaning ’clear water‘) as it feeds into the Exe estuary.

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Where is the Clyst Valley Regional Park?

The park is east of the city of Exeter. It extends from the White Down and Paradise Copse woodland in the north and Whimple in the east, to Topsham in the south and Pinhoe in the west. It includes the settlements of Budlake, Broadclyst, Cranbrook, Rockbeare, Clyst Honiton and Sowton village. Stoke Valley Woods and Riverside Valley Park are outside the park to the west. The M5 motorway and the A30 and A3052 roads run through the park. The park has train stations on the Exeter to London Waterloo line at Cranbrook and Whimple, with Pinhoe nearby to the west.

Clyst Valley Gems

Clyst Valley Gems are extraordinary places ready for you to discover. They include National Trust Killerton House and Park, Ashclyst, Poltimore House and Park, Cranbrook Country Park and Bishop’s Court parkland.

Trees in Poltimore Park
Beautiful trees in Poltimore Park

Your questions answered

What is the Clyst Valley Regional Park?

It is an area almost the same size as Exeter which is protected through Strategy 10 of East Devon District Council’s Local Plan. It will be high quality green spaces linked by trails and public transport.

What makes it special?

Beautiful parklands and orchards. The huge forest of Ashclyst. Ancient oaks in fields and hedges.

Why is it needed?

We need to ensure the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths and the Exe Estuary, our most highly-protected wildlife sites, are not spoilt. So we need to provide alternative natural green spaces, which will help us all lead healthier and happier lives in the future.

Who is paying for this?

The capital for projects will come from a variety of sources: national government, grants from charities, developer contributions and other places.

The Clyst Valley Regional Park masterplan

Masterplan consultation now closed

A public consultation on proposals for new, public, green space around the Clyst Valley took place from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Monday 18 January 2021. Thank you for your support – we recieved over 200 responses!

Connecting with nature and getting outdoors is good for us. The masterplan for the Clyst Valley Regional Park has lots of suggestions for improving the East Devon countryside to help you explore it. The plan will provide a basis to seek funding for these improvements.

Some parts of the Clyst Valley are well known, such as National Trust Killerton. Other areas are not currently accessible to the public. The masterplan proposes to restore nature and historic buildings, create trails, tackle climate change and improve water quality.

Some of the ideas in the Clyst Valley Regional Park masterplan

  • Clyst Valley Trail linking the Exe Estuary Trail to the Exe Valley Way
  • Extension to Cranbrook Country Park
  • Land-based learning centre and café at Broadclyst Community Farm
  • A new cycle trail linking Cranbrook to Exeter along a quieter route
  • Renaturalising the River Clyst between Clyst Honiton and Cranbrook
  • A major increase in trees through both planting and natural regeneration
  • A new visitor hub at Ashclyst Farm and cycle/pedestrian links into the forest from Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Killerton

Find out more about the Clyst Valley Regional Park masterplan.

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