With help from public transport and ferries you can get around much of the estuary in a day. Please take care crossing roads and railways, and enjoy exploring the Exe.
A scenic cruise and train ride with a leisurely stroll
- Take ferry from Topsham to Exmouth
- Walk or cycle from Exmouth to Lympstone (2.5 miles), Exton (4 miles) or Topsham (6 miles)
- If stopping at Lympstone or Exton catch the train back to Topsham
- Suitability: walkers, cyclists, wheelchairs and pushchairs
- Time for walkers: Lympstone – 3hrs, Exton – 3hrs 30mins, Topsham – 4 hours
- Time for cyclists: Lympstone – 2hrs 30mins, Exton – 2hrs 40mins, Topsham – 3 hours
- Estimated Cost: £8 adults, £5 children with Round Robin ticket
Buses and trains from Exeter to Topsham are frequent and reliable, and like the rest of the estuary, easily accessible by bike. If you do decide to drive, car parking is available in Topsham on Holman Way (a short walk from the quay), but this can become very busy in summer. Alternatively, ample parking and public transport links are available in Exmouth if you reverse the route.
In Topsham, follow signs to Lager Quay where Stuart Line Cruises depart for Exmouth when tides permit (check times by calling 01395 222144). The ferry takes from 1 to 1.5 hours depending on tides.
Explore Exminster Marshes and Topsham
- Walk or cycle from Exminster to the Turf Hotel
- Take the ferry to Topsham
- Take the Topsham ferry back to Exminster
- Suitability: primarily walkers. Cyclists, wheelchair and pushchair users; please check with ferry operators that they will be able to accommodate you
- Time: Two hours approx for walkers and 1.5 hours for cyclists
- Distance on foot: one mile approx
- Estimated Cost: £5 Adults, £3 children (under 12), £1 bikes
Exminster Marshes are easily reached by bicycle, or by taking the bus (service 2) from Dawlish, Exeter or Starcross to Exminster. Alternatively, two small car parks are available at the Exminster Marshes RSPB Nature Reserve.