Exeter COSY Routes is a project created by Exeter Dementia Action Alliance, a charitable organisation committed to improving dementia awareness in the city.

Please support our work and the development of this project by clicking on this donate link DONATE HERE – THANK YOU

Thanks to Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation as the lead business sponsor. Thanks also to the individual route sponsors detailed below.

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The Exeter COSY Route project is a community wellbeing and dementia awareness initiative created by Exeter Dementia Action Alliance to signpost people of all abilities to routes on the edge of the city where they can walk and run.

You can do these routes at any time for own personal enjoyment and we also have a Cosy Challenge which you can register for and receive a medal and option to buy a T-shirt.

The Alliance was delighted to have this project featured by the BBC Songs of Praise programme on May 16th 2021, to raise awareness in this recording for Dementia Action Week https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09h8wn9/player

The full circle will take you to every compass and hill viewpoint around Exeter, following footpaths, quiet lanes, field tracks, over stiles, through woodland, paved roads, some busier parts of the city, along its suburban fringe and into neighbouring village communities.

You’ll cross the river and canal, go under and over the M5 motorway, step over both the Exeter to London rail lines, and pass churches, pubs, schools, and local businesses.

Whether you take on this challenge over months, weeks, days or in one strenuous go, you’ll see the city as never before, and complete a marathon in doing so.

Link to a short YouTube video about COSY Routes

The choice of route was chosen to encompass the widest area of the city as possible, whilst accessing the safest pedestrian options. At some points the route follows the city boundary exactly, in others it weaves a path in and outside the border, inspiring the COSY acronym, as those taking part walk or run around the central busy heart, which is the community and city of Exeter.

The route breaks down into eight shorter, also circular sections, of between four and seven miles, with dementia accessible suggestions for each.

The individual routes all have their own character, points of interest and history – these have been captured in a series of stunning illustrations by Private Eye cartoonist Tony Husband and photographed in detail by former BBC Radio Devon breakfast presenter and keen walker and photographer Vic Morgan.

As a full marathon distance, the COSY route format differs from existing city marathon concepts, by being away from the city centre, avoiding main roads and provide for a run or walk that could be undertaken in solace or small groups.

Link to the Ordnance Survey digital mapping site, with details of the route…

Hand-painted image of The Royal Scot 46100 at Exwick Crossing, by Tony Husband
The Royal Scott at Exwick Level Crossing, illustration by Tony Husband

EDAA have widespread business support with local sponsors for the individual routes as well as the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation who are the lead sponsor supporting the whole route. 

logo iceland foods small size“Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation are delighted to support the ‘Exeter COSY routes’ initiative.

“It is important for all of us to engage with nature and enjoy the benefits of being outdoors when possible.

“This simple pleasure takes on an even greater importance for those with dementia and their families. We hope the COSY routes provide enjoyment for many”.

Sir Malcolm Walker Founder & Executive Chairman – Iceland Foods Chairman – Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation.

Gina Awad, lead of the alliance said: “We are really looking forward to engaging with our fabulous route sponsors who we know will be claiming their respective routes and making them their own. From us all at the alliance we thank you wholeheartedly for believing in Exeter COSY routes. A community collaborative initiative is exactly we want to achieve, bringing people together and providing something inclusive and special.”

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COSY Routes is also kindly supported by Exeter City Council and The Exeter Chiefs Foundation

COSY Route logo, illustrations, website & printed content Copyright© 2021 Exeter Dementia Action Alliance

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