Riverside Valley Park

Stroll through buttercup-filled meadows alongside the winding River Exe with wonderful views across the city to its cathedral.

Opening times, entry costs, facilities and directions

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Things to see

The water meadows adjoining the River Exe are the best areas for dragonfly watching, along with the reserve’s two viewing platforms. Exeter Canal between the Double Locks and Turf is the focal point for dragonfly watching.


Top species

Emperor Dragonfly

The largest Dragonfly in the UK

Main flight period is June to August.

Watch the territorial males patrol the water’s edge.

Image by Steve Plume


Title image by Matt Austin 

Contact Information

Devon Wildlife Trust
Cricklepit Mill
Commercial Road

T: 01392 279244

Riverside Valley Park