At the end of last year, we asked what residents thought of Exeter’s Green Circle – a 12-mile circular route around the edge of the city boundary. It takes in all five of the city’s valley parks, and the paths are perfect for walking, cycling, scooting, and pushing buggies and prams, as well as including lots of space along the way for football, basketball, table tennis, picnics, river, and stream paddles, and so much more.
Finding out what people think of this space is important. After all, we want to make it as easy as possible for everybody in Exeter and Cranbrook to lead active lives, so understanding how people can access and use the green space nearest to them is important.
We were so pleased that 731 people in total responded to our survey – if you were one of them, thank you so much!
We wanted to let you know what we’ve found out so far:
- 94% of you had walked some or all of the Green Circle
- 32% used the route a few times per year, and 20% use it once or twice per month
- 77% of respondents are happy with the quality of the footpaths
- 21% were unhappy with the level of route information available
This is incredibly helpful to us and whilst we wait for the full survey results to be available, it gives us lots to work on.
Cllr Duncan Wood, Portfolio Holder for Leisure Services and Physical Activity said that these findings clearly explain the areas to concentrate on.
He added: “Exeter’s Green Circle is one of the cities greatest assets, and on behalf of Live and Move, I’d like to say a very big thank you to every respondent who took part in our survey.
“Exeter is one of the UKs greenest cities, but that’s no good to us if people don’t know how to access the green space nearest them. These results are going to give us a number of areas of the route to work on, and we’ll look forward to updating people in due course.”
Did you know that you can use Go Jauntly to find out more about the Green Circle and the routes nearest you? Simply download the Go Jauntly app and search for ‘Exeter Green Circle’. There are Wellbeing Exeter community physical activity organisers who regularly organise walks and other activities along sections of the Green Circle. If you’d like to find out more about the activities available, get in touch with them here.