Stepcote Hill

KOMPAS Exeter Instagram blog (26 December 2016)

Lacking inspiration for that obligatory Boxing Day walk? Here’s a spot for those who want to work off that third helping of roast potatoes: Stepcote Hill forms part of Exeter’s ancient West Quarter, and is regarded as one of the city’s oldest streets. Oldest… and steepest! Start at beautiful donations-based bookshop Book Cycle and climb your way up the cobbles just as South Westerners have been doing since Roman times. Yep, it’s been around that long! Recorded as “Styppecotehyll” in around 1270, the hill officially took on its current name in 1588 – but had already been used as the main route into Exeter from the river for centuries. Now, it’s mostly a challenge for the bravehearted and surefooted. How do you find the climb? Let us know (Oh, and merry Christmas!) #Exeter #StepcoteHill #BoxingDay #BoxingDayWalk #Hill #SteepHill #Devon #VisitExeter #ExeterHistory #HistoricExeter #DevonHistory #IgersExeter #Kompas #KompasApp #KompasExeter

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Lacking inspiration for that obligatory Boxing Day walk? Here’s a spot for those who want to work off that third helping of roast potatoes: Stepcote Hill forms part of Exeter’s ancient West Quarter, and is regarded as one of the city’s oldest streets. Oldest… and steepest! Start at beautiful donations-based bookshop Book Cycle and climb your way up the cobbles just as South Westerners have been doing since Roman times. Yep, it’s been around that long! Recorded as “Styppecotehyll” in around 1270, the hill officially took on its current name in 1588 – but had already been used as the main route into Exeter from the river for centuries. Now, it’s mostly a challenge for the bravehearted and surefooted. How do you find the climb? Let us know (Oh, and merry Christmas!)

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