A riverside walk - strolling alongside the River Coly

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:04 07 May 2019

The river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9891. Picture: Terry Ife

The river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9891. Picture: Terry Ife

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Enjoy a gentle stroll with the sound of running water to accompany you.

The river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9908. Picture: Terry IfeThe river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9908. Picture: Terry Ife

One of the smaller waterways in East Devon is the River Coly, which rises near Farway and flows through to join the River Axe and then on out to sea.

Walkers who have completed the East Devon Way, which runs from Exmouth to Uplyme via inland footpaths will be familiar with the river, as part of the route runs along its banks.

There are also circular walks that take in not only the riverbank and rolling countryside but also allow the walker to explore the interesting lanes of Colyton.

The town itself has been dubbed the 'most rebellious town in Devon' after it supported Parliamentary forces during the Civil War, in 1643 and was also involved in the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685.

The river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9903. Picture: Terry IfeThe river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9903. Picture: Terry Ife

More than 100 Colyton men joined the Duke of Monmouth's army, after he landed at Lyme Regis with 80 followers.

He raised an army of 3,000, but was defeated by James II's army at Sedgemoor near Bridgwater, in Somerset.

As a result, 17 Colyton men were hanged, and 18 were transported to the West Indies, two of whom later returned to the county.

And as you explore the winding lanes, why not take the opportunity to enjoy a ride with Seaton Tramway, which has a station on the edge of the town, which will take visitors to the coast at Seaton.

The river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9901. Picture: Terry IfeThe river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9901. Picture: Terry Ife

If you are just looking for a short, quiet walk, with the sound of running water to accompany you, there is no need to look any further than the River Coly.

The river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9885. Picture: Terry IfeThe river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9885. Picture: Terry Ife

The river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9899. Picture: Terry IfeThe river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9899. Picture: Terry Ife

The river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9913. Picture: Terry IfeThe river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9913. Picture: Terry Ife

The river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9881. Picture: Terry IfeThe river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9881. Picture: Terry Ife

The river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9906. Picture: Terry IfeThe river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9906. Picture: Terry Ife

The river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9911. Picture: Terry IfeThe river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9911. Picture: Terry Ife

The river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9877. Picture: Terry IfeThe river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9877. Picture: Terry Ife

The river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9922. Picture: Terry IfeThe river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9922. Picture: Terry Ife

The river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9930. Picture: Terry IfeThe river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9930. Picture: Terry Ife

The river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9927. Picture: Terry IfeThe river Coly at Colyton. Ref edr 35 17TI 9927. Picture: Terry Ife

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