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Exeter Ship Canal, Devon


  • Located in Devon, South West England, England
  • The Exeter Ship Canal runs from the Exeter Ship Canal Basin in Exeter down the western side of the River Exe and Estuary towards the sea. Where the canal meets the estuary are The Turf and Turf Lock
  • It's one of the oldest canals in the UK. Built to provide access by water to the heart of the city, the canal enabled ships to bypass the river which had silted up in the medieval period and was no longer navigable. Work on the canal began in 1564. At this time, the Trews Weir was built downstream of Exeter Historic Quayside
  • 'Early trade consisted of woollen cloth, tobacco, wine, glassware, fish and fruit. More recently, the majority of trade was coal for the city's gas and electricity works, timber and petroleum products.' (Source: information board at the Exeter Ship Canal Basin)
  • 'By the 1960s only a handful of commercial ships were using the canal. The last commercial vessel to leave Exeter Basin was the ESSO JERSEY [sic] in 1975, having imported a cargo of fuel oil.' (Source: information board at the Exeter Ship Canal Basin)
  • The Exe Valley Way runs along the side of the canal past Exminster Marshes Nature Reserve, Exe Reedbeds Nature Reserve, Old Sludge Bed Nature Reserve and the River Exe Country Park. We'd also recommend following the Exe Valley Way beyond The Turf and Turf Lock towards Powderham St Clements Church and Powderham Castle and Estate
  • Today, the canal is used for recreational purposes
  • By James Penman

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