Living With the River Exe


Exeter is a beautiful, historic city with a combination of old and new structures. A long time ago Exeter was founded by the Romans and called Isca. At this time, the city was just a fort with a community springing up around it. Over the next few thousand years, Exeter changed hands between the Romans, Britons, Saxons and even Vikings. Today, Exeter is a thriving city in the county of Devon in England with historic structures such as the Roman walls, Rougemont Castle and Exeter Cathedral joining with newer buildings, roads, bridges and shopping malls, like Guildhall and Princesshay. 

What makes this environment special or different?:

Exeter is built into the rolling hills of Devon, England.  It also has the River Exe running through it. 

What parts of this environment help people to live here?:

The River Exe historically allowed people in Exeter to fish and have fertile land to grow crops. It has also been used in the past to ship goods and materials into the city from other places in England. Before steam power and electricity, the swift river helped the industry in Exeter thrive using water power. Nowadays, people enjoy kayaking, boating and jogging in and beside the river along with going for walks in the nearby hills and moors.