Countess Wear (Inc. The Rydons)

Countess Wear covers a fairly large area either side of Topsham Road between Northbrook Golf course/Ludwell Valley Park and the M5 flyover. It includes the new developments of The Rydons and Greenacres.  In general, the area has much to offer, with nearby schools, shops, services and local parks within walking distance. There is easy access to Exeter’s city centre along Topsham Road, although this and the Countess Wear roundabout can be slow during busy periods, and there is easy access to the M5 motorway and A38.  The Rydons in particular benefits from the newly opened Newcourt Railway Station which offers access to Exeter City Centre and Exmouth and is popular with Rugby fans travelling to Sandy Park. 

The area can be divided into smaller residential areas by its various green spaces. For example Southbrook Road is close to Ludwell Valley Park while Countess Wear Road is closer to the river and King George V Playing Field. Lower Wear has open space at The Sheep Field while Greenacres and The Rydons are separated by the Golf course belonging to Exeter Golf and Country Club.

The Southbrook Road / Bishop Westall Road area consists mainly of 1970’s properties such as 2-3 bed terraces, semi-detached houses and a few bungalows and is within walking distance of Pynes Hill Business Park and Ludwell Valley Park. The Mill Road area benefits from its proximity to the river Exe for views, walking and cycling. It consists mainly of mixed sized family homes from approximately the 1930s – 60s including semi-detached and detached houses and bungalows. Countess Wear Road has a few older, character properties such as a thatched cottage built around the 1800’s. Lower Wear (around Glass house Lane and Lower Wear Road) has a mixture of 1950s British Steel houses and Cornish Units along with ex-council flats and houses while the Higher Wear Road / Newport Road area is mainly 1950/60s semi-detached family houses.

The Rydons and Greenacres are new developments on the opposite side of Topsham Road to Lower Wear. The Rydons has six different house styles, including: 2 bed apartments and coach houses, 3 and 4 bed terraced and detached homes and 3 bed townhouses. All homes come with a parking space or garage and the development is close to Newcourt station. The Greenacres development offers a range of 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes and is closer to Topsham Road.




  • Countess Wear Beefeater Restaurant

    ‘Pub-style chain serving up a menu of grilled meats and international favourites such as fajitas’

    398 Topsham Rd, Exeter EX2 6HE
    01392 428000

    www.beefeater.co.uk/steak-restaurant/Devon/Countess-Wear-Exeter
  • The Tally Ho!

    ‘We source locally brewed Real Ales from all over the Westcountry, together with a large selection of wines’

    2 Countess Wear Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 6LG
    01392 271794

    www.thetallyhopub.com


  • Exeter Golf and Country Club  

    ‘Join for for swimming, the gym, fitness classes, tennis, squash or golf..or book a restaurant table or a spa treatment’

    Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 7AE
    01392 874139

    www.exetergcc.co.uk
  • Countess Wear Premier Inn

    ‘This modern budget hotel is a 2-minute drive from Exeter Golf and Country Club and 7 minutes from the historic centre and Exeter Cathedral’

    398 Topsham Rd, Exeter EX2 6HE

    www.premierinn.com
  • David Lloyd Leisure Centre

    ‘Tennis, gyms, swimming, wet spas and more at the UK's premier health and fitness club’

    Sandy Park Way, Exeter EX2 7NN
    0345 125 7019

    www.davidlloyd.co.uk
  • Northbrook Approach Golf Course

    'An 18 hole, par 3 golf course'

    Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 6EU
    01392 667010

    www.leisurecentre.com/northbrook-approach-golf-course
  • Lakeside Avenue Play Area (Countess Wear)

    ‘Enclosed playground with embankment slide, flat swings, toddler swings, springers, toytown, stunt track, balance beams and space net. MUGA (multi-use games area) suitable for a variety of ball games’

    Lakeside Avenue, Exeter, EX2 7BP

    www.playmapp.co.uk/south-west/devon/east-devon/lakeside-avenue-play-area
  • King George V Playing Field

    ‘The Playpark has been selected 6th in a list of the 30 most accessible and inclusive playgrounds in the the WORLD and is the only one on the list from the UK’

    Topsham Road, Exeter
    01392 262630

    www.theplaypark.co.uk
  • King George V Playing Field

    ‘For its accessible, inclusive play park’

    Topsham Road, Exeter
    01392 262630

    www.theplaypark.co.uk
  • Walks along the River Exe / Exeter Shipping Canal

    ‘Walks around the Exe floodplain are generally flat and may include wildlife ‘hot-spots’, the Double Locks pub and the fascinating historic paper mill area at Countess Wear’

    www.exeter.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/walking-in-exeter
  • Glasshouse Lane

    A glass factory known as the ‘The Glass House’ existed by the river Exe from 1681 -1793, prior to this, bottles were imported from Bristol or London. It later gave its name to Glasshouse Lane.

    www.exetermemories.co.uk/em/_streets/glasshouse.php
  • Naming Countess Wear

    Countess Wear is named after a weir built around 1275 by Isabella de Fortibus (the Countess of Devon). This weir cut the port of Exeter off from the sea for about 250 years, with maritime trade going to Topsham instead.

    www.exetermemories.co.uk/em/_areas/countesswear.php
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