Water Lane to Double Locks

A three kilometre walk in Exeter’s historic river/canal side, showing the social history of this area. With housing, working and recreation along the varied route, which a century ago was a major industrial site in Exeter.

At the start of the lane there is an interesting mix of smaller work units plus older and newer style housing. There are some larger work sites further along including Book Cycle where, as well as collecting books for sending to Africa, they host plays and exhibitions and offer artists a chance to create and display their work. Most of the industries have moved out now, some to Marsh Barton.

The Marsh Barton site can be seen across the fields near the nature reserve, further down the lane. The lane follows the canal which is no longer used for trade, but for recreation by walkers, runners, fishermen, canoeists, cyclists and bird watchers, and at the end there is the Double Locks pub.

These photographs were taken in 2011.  This is an edited version of the project.