Click Here For An Interactive Map Of The Recreational Activites Available On And Around The Exe Estuary - Click on the recreational activity you wish to view on the sidebar

 

The Exe Estuary is a lively, vibrant and busy place with thousands of birds, hundreds of boats and numerous water activities on view.  Listed below are all of the activities that take place in and around the Estuary, along with contact details of relevant clubs and shops. 
The Exe Activities leaflet, produced by the Exe Estuary Management Partnership, is an informative guide to getting the most out of the recreational activities available on the Estuary, and this can be downloaded here.  Hard copies are available at Tourist Information Centres or on request from the Exe Estuary Officer.

If your club's details are not included in this list please simply email them to us and we will be happy to add them for you.

Activity

Attractions

Bird watching      

Boating

Boat Yards

Cycling

Diving

Dog Walking

Fishing

Kite surfing / Land Boarding / Windsurfing

Nordic Walking

Rowing, Canoeing and Kayaking

Running

Sailing

Walking / Rambling

Water Skiing and Wakeboarding

Wildfowling

 

 Attractions

There are various attractions around the Exe from leisure centres to amusement arcades and a magnificent 600 year old castle to explore.

  • Powderham Castle - A fortified manor house dating back to 1391 and home to the Earl and Countess of Devon.
    Address: Kenton, Exeter, EX6 8JQ
    Tel: 01626 890243
    Web: www.powderham.co.uk
    Email: castle@powderham.co.uk
  •  A La Ronde - An 18th century, 16 sided house near Lympstone with views over the Exe Estuary.
    Address: Summer Lane, Exmouth, EX8 5BD
    Tel: 01395 265514
    Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
  • Topsham Museum - The museum's Heritage Lottery funded River Gallery displays the story of the River Exe.
    Address: 25, The Strand, Exeter, EX3 0AX
    Tel: 01392 873244
    Web:
    www.devonmuseums.net

 Bird Watching

For wildlife enthusiasts there are some key areas to visit, but timing is crucial, with high tide during August to mid March providing the best opportunity.  Dawlish Warren regularly attracts around 180 to 190 species per year. Exminster Marshes & Bowling Green Marsh are RSPB Reserves which lie on opposite sides of the northern end of the estuary. At low water on the Exmouth Local Nature Reserve it is possible to walk out across the sand banks and get closer to birds feeding in the channel.  The Old Sludge Beds are an extensive reedbed habitat and open water area.  At Darts Farm in Topsham, a new Bird Watchingbird hide and visitor centre facility was launched in November 2012 in association with the RSPB, and offers the chance to view birds on a wetland area of the site from a brand new hide, or from inside the centre via the latest camera technology.   

Also see Cruises and Ferry Services page for details of bird and wildlife-watching trips on the water.

 

 Boating

  • South Coast Power Boats
    Unit 6 Tremletts Boat Yard, Odhams Wharf, Ebford, EX3 0PD
    Tel: 01392876356
    Email: sales@southcoastpowerboats.co.uk
    Sales, Repairs and storage of Power Boats, Ski Boats and Sports Boats including Regal, Stingray, Crew, Fibrafort Style, Velocity.
  • Cockwood Boat Club
    35 Cofton Hill, Cockwood, Starcross, EX6 8RB
    Tel: 07770440235
    Membership only
  • Sail Exmouth
    5 Shelly Court, Pierhead, Exmouth
    Tel: 01395 274556
    Frazer Brown (Principal) 07812 582180
    Naomi Brown (Chief Instructor) 07527 074263
    Web: www.sailexmouth.com
    Email: info@sailexmouth.com

 

 Boat Yards

  • River and Canal Office
    Haven Rd, Exeter, EX2 8DU
    Tel: 01392 274306
    Web: www.exeter.gov.uk
  • Trouts Boat Yard
    Navigation maps are available to buy here
    Ferry Rd, Topsham, EX3 0JJ
    Tel: 01392 873044
    Web: www.troutsboatyard.co.uk
  • Retreat Boat Yard
    Retreat Drive, Topsham, EX3 0LS
    Tel: 01392 874720
    Web: www.retreatboatyard.co.uk
  • Exmouth Marina
    Marina Office, Pierhead, Exmouth, EX8 1DU
    Tel: 01395 269314      Web: www.exmouthmarina.co.uk/
  • M S Marine
    15 Holly Mount Close, Exmouth, EX8 5PQ
    Tel: 01395 275648
  • Rowsell Morrison
    24 Camperdown Tce, Exmouth, EX8 1EH
    Tel: 01395 263911

 

 Cycling

The Exe Estuary Trail is an easy way to see the estuary, the cycle and pedestrian path follows the train line around the estuary and offers stunning views without many hills. Read a Guardian article on cycling the trail here.

 

Cycle Hire

Bikelands
46 The Strand, Exmouth
Tel: 01395 642500
Web: http://www.bikelands.co.uk/

Braking Wind Cycles
Park Road, Dawlish
Tel: 01626 865161
Web: http://www.brakingwindcycles.co.uk/

Canal View Cycles & Cafe
Piazzo Terracina, Haven Road, Exeter
Tel: 01392 435955

Darts Farm 
Topsham, Exeter
Tel: 01392 878200
Web: http://www.dartsfarm.co.uk/

Exeplore Ltd
Exeter based, mobile firm
Tel: 01392 271426 or 07773 362119
Web: http://devoncyclingholidays.co.uk/

Exmouth Cycle Hire
1 Victoria road, Exmouth
Tel: 01395 225656
Web: www.exmouthcyclehire.com


Knobblies
107 Exeter Road, Exmouth
Tel: 01395 270182
Web: http://www.knobbliesbikes.co.uk/

Route 2
1 Monmouth Hill, Topsham, Exeter
Tel: 01392 875085
Web: http://www.route2bikes.co.uk/

Saddles and Paddles
4 Kings Wharf, The Quay, Exeter
Tel: 01392 424241
Web: http://www.sadpad.com/

 

 Diving

The Exe Estuary and Lyme Bay provide a wide ranging variety of dive sites, from pretty shore dives full of sea life to wrecks nearly 100 years old!

Cuttlefish

  • Exeter BSAC
    Exe Water Sports Centre, 62 Haven Road, Exeter, EX2 8DP
    Web: www.exeterbsac.org
  • Aquanaut
    17 Clifton Rd, Exeter, EX1 2BR
    Tel: 01392 218825
    Web: www.aquanautuk.com
    Shop and diving instruction

 

 

  Dog Walking

Devon Loves Dogs is a free membership scheme for people who care about our special wildlife and love dogs. We arrange guided dog walks where your dog can play with other dogs and members get a free membership pack with lots of helpful information. Sign up at devonlovesdogs.co.uk and follow us on facebook or twitter for all the latest news and members’ photos.

 

 

 Fishing

A variety of species can be targeted from both boat and shore.  Charter boats are available for hire and fishing clubs provide facilities for members.

The Exe Estuary is a designated Bass Conservation Area from 1st April to 31st October each year.  For more information on restrictions and bylaws please contact Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (D&SIFCA) on Tel: 01803 854648 / or email office@devonandsevernifca.gov.uk

  • Exmouth Deep Sea Fishing Club
    Tel: 07789472002
  • Exmouth Tackle & Sports
    20 The Strand, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 1AF
    Tel: 01395 274918
  • Starcross Fishing & Cruising Club¿
    Brunel Tower, The Strand, Starcross, Exeter, EX6 8PR
    Web: www.starcross-fcc.com
  • Cockwood Boat Club
    35 Cofton Hill, Cockwood, Starcross, EX6 8RB
    Tel: 07770440235
  • Take The Bait
    13 Park Rd, Dawlish, Devon, EX7 9LJ

Charter Boats (for fishing and diving)

Several are available please visit www.deepsea.co.uk/ports/exmouth for full listings.

 

 Kite surfing / Land Boarding / Windsurfing

Windsurfer

A combination of kite flying and surfing, this activity is very popular off Exmouth with local shops available to give advice and hire equipment.  Local clubs are keen to avoid having an impact on wildlife and navigation, and have provided input into a new voluntary Water Users Code for the Exe.

  • Waterfront Sports
    The Seafront, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AY and at The Recreation ground
    Tel: 01395 276599
    Email: info@waterfrontsports.co.uk

 

 Nordic Walking

For general information about Nordic Walking in Devon go to www.nordicwalkingdevon.co.uk

Nordic Walking Devon
Learn to Nordic Walk and attend regular fitness walks taking place along and around the beautiful Exe Estuary
Contact: Fiona Swan
Tel: 01626 890120 / 07531 729383
Email: fiona@nordicwalkingdevon.co.uk

 

 

 Rowing, Canoeing and KayakingCanoe

From Exeter you can take a leisurely route down the canal negotiating traditional locks.  The canal joins the Exe at Turf Hotel where the more experienced can confront tidal waters.  Rowing clubs operate from Exmouth and Exeter.

 

Exeter Canoe Loops

The Canoe Loops are a series of self-guided circular canoeing/kayaking trails that link the River Exe and Exeter Ship Canal between Exeter Quayside and the Exe Estuary. 

A new leaflet has been produced to promote the trails and new access steps have been installed to improve canoe ingress, egress and portage around weirs.  The waterproof leaflet details routes, access point locations, safety advice and a code of conduct.
There are four loops which can be paddled from different access points and in different combinations. Canoeists can head down the river and back up the canal and join up loops for longer trips. It takes most people 2-3 hours to paddle each loop and the complete circuit from Exeter Quay to Turf Locks and back is 17km, which can take a full day.
Exeter Canoe Loops is a partnership project between the Environment Agency and Exeter City Council.

  • Exeter Rowing Club
    Exe Water Sports Centre, 62 Haven Road, Exeter, EX2 8DP
    Tel: 01392 250740
    Web: www.exeterrowingclub.com
    Email: captain@exeterrowingclub.com
    New starters are welcome to contact the Club Captain or to come down on a Thursday evening (Clubhouse at around 8pm) for a friendly reception and a coached introduction to the sport of rowing.

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, based in Exeter, offers a variety of outdoor and adventurous activities to all ages and abilities. The River Exe and Exe Estuary are utilised for R.Y.A sailing, windsurfing and power boating courses, as well as B.C.U kayaking and canoeing courses. Nearby Woodbury Common, Haldon and Dartmoor are used for mountain biking, walking, navigation, orienteering, caving, climbing and abseiling. To compliment these activities the centre also offers archery, raft-building and personal development challenges. All levels are offered from complete beginners to instructor standard.

  • Saddles and Paddles (hire and retail)
    4 King warf, The Quay, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4AP
    Tel: 01392 424241
    Web: www.sadpad.com
    Email: shop@sadpad.com

 

 

 Running

 

 SailingSailing

Water activities in the Exe Estuary generally take place 2 -3 hours either side of high water. During this time the estuary offers good opportunities for sailing. The entrance of the Exe suffers from strong currents and shifting sand banks and navigation should not be undertaken without consulting local advice.

  • Starcross Yacht Club
    Powderham, Exeter, EX6 8JJ
    Tel: 01626 890470
    Web: www.starcrossyc.org.uk
    Membership only

The oldest yacht club in the UK with a reputation of being the most friendly. Affiliated to the RYA with a full 12 months of the year racing programme for dinghies and catamarans. Moorings for a limited number of small cruisers. Full or winter membership available.

  • Starcross Fishing & Cruising Club
    Brunel Tower, The Strand, Starcross, Exeter, EX6 8PR
    Web: www.starcross-fcc.com
    Membership only
  • Sail Exmouth
    5 Shelly Court, Pierhead, Exmouth
    Tel: 01395 274556
    Frazer Brown (Principal) 07812 582180
    Naomi Brown (Chief Instructor) 07527 074263
    Web: www.sailexmouth.com
    Email: info@sailexmouth.com

 

 Walking / Rambling

  • Devon Nature Walks
    Nigel Pinhorn, Flat 3 Raleigh House, 89 Magdalen Road, Exeter EX2 4TG
    Tel: 01392 211247 / 07784 190571
    Email: devonnaturewalks@btinternet.com
    Small Charge applicable, see the events page for dates

 

 

 Water Skiing and Wakeboarding

A designated area provides a unique world class venue to practice Water Skiing and Wake Boarding, mostly sheltered from the worst the elements can offer.

 

 Wildfowling

All wildfowling areas on the Estuary, such as the 30 acres of freshwater marsh at Exminster, are controlled by the Devon Wildfowling & Conservation Association. Certain duck and geese quarry species are pursued during the season of September 1st - February 20th.

For more information about Wildfowling and how this activity is regulated please see our Wildfowling page.

  • Devon Wildfowlers and Conservation Association
    Tel: 01395 268837