The Exe Estuary Trail

The Exe Estuary Trail offers 23 miles of

safe cycling often taking in fantastic views

across the water.


Discover the beauty of Devon and have a

great day out on the trail.  Take life at your own

pace and stop off at some of the fantastic

towns and villages on the way around.


Starting from Exeter’s beautiful Quayside, you have a great choice of shops Cafes, Restaurants, Bars, a ten pin bowling alley and activities to keep the kids entertained!

Exeter Quayside1

A short pedal from The Quayside to for some excellent Coffee and cake!

Onward to explore more of the trail, this next stretch is shared with many, including walkers, dogs and young families with push chairs and small wondering children, so please ride with care and “share this space”.  Next stop is The Double Locks for a fine pint and a pork pie!

Double Locks

Upon exiting Exeter you are given a choice.  The choice is Exmouth or Dawlish?

Turn left for Topsham

Plenty of shops, from galleries to winery bistro bars, Topsham has a lovely main street with character and only the odd chain owned store.  The water front has several restaurants and bars that serve good food throughout the day and you will also find a cycle themed Cafe. Excellent Coffe, food, cycle shop and accommodation

moving on towards Exmouth you will find Darts Farm just outside of Topsham.

Local produce, outdoor clothing, cafes, deli, butchers, off licence, aga store, spa and treatment rooms are just some of the things on offer at Darts Farm shopping village.

The next stop en route is The Puffing Billy at Exton.  Enjoy a coffee or perhaps stop for a bite.  The food is excellent!

The board walk between Exton and Lympstone.  A stunning piece of cycle path alongside the beautiful Exe Estuary Trail.

The Swan Lympstone, a perfect spot to stop for a while.  Punters can watch the world go by and enjoy a selection of Ales and excellent food.

Upon leaving The Swan Inn you pass through the pretty village of Lympstone and encounter one of the few hills of the trail.  This climb is short and sweet and once done provides a slight down hill towards a great estuary view bench spot on the other side.

Exmouth offers accommodation, pubs and clubs, restaurants, watersports, fishing, a floating cafe and a ferry across the estuary to Starcross to link the East and West Estuary trail for a full day out.

Or at Canal Bridges you can also turn right towards The Turf, Starcross and Dawlish.

Travel along the Exeter Shipping Canal until it meets the Exe Estuary at The Turf Hotel, Exminster.  Perhaps you will spot a kingfisher or a Heron on the way?  The Topsham Lockkeepers Cottage is available to rent for a peaceful family break by the water.  Situated between the Canal and the Rievr at Topsham.  This little hideaway offers the tranquility of a country retreat but is a stones throw from the Historic Quayside Town of Topsham.

Just a short ferry ride to Topsham from The Lock Keepers Cottage jetty or onwards for The Turf.


The Turf now have a yurt situated immediately on the banks of the Exe Estuary! Available for hire for functions, family and group stop overs or holidays. Click the link to find out more:

The turf is a stunning venue for a quiet drink, family meal or summer bbq party.  Only accessable by foot, bike or boat, the turf is unique in the area and offers outstanding views across the Exe Estuary towards Lympstone and Exmouth.  The Topsham to turf ferry operates from Trouts Yard in Topsham.

The Bike Bus can collect and deliver you bike to our local business partners around the Exe Estuary Trail area. We recommend Hardy Cycles in Exeter for all your cycle repairs and servicing. The shop offers a fully qualified, highly experienced mechanic, quality parts and accessories for sale and advice that is price less when it comes to giving your bike exactly what it needs. Give Rob Hardy a call on (01392) 434997


Group trips and events in 2015

The Bike Bus and Kayak Hub Exeter are getting together to offer groups the chance to explore the beautiful Devonshire waterways and cycleways with us.


We can take groups for a guided paddle from the Historic Exeter Quayside or a cycle ride to an estuary location with a difference.  Starting from convenient city locations, explore Devon today!




Outstanding rates for larger groups booking with us this summer.  Drop us an email or give Chris or Nils a call to find out how easily a trip can be arranged.

Chris: 07773 362119

Nils: 07527 422055


Canoe & Kayak guided journeys and hire –


Kayaking trips on the stunning South Devon coast, Canoe adventures on The Historic Exeter shipping canal and cycling tours across Dartmoor or alongside the Exe Estuary trail.  Please get in touch today to find out more!  Loads more trips and ideas available!

Prices start from as little as £8 per person. *T’s & C’s apply.

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Mum’s Bike Ride 2015

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of £20 per adult and £10 per child.  Just click this link for tickets.  //


Have Fun and Discover Devon

Devon has miles of traffic free cycle routes to discover,  The Exe Estuary trail, The Tarka trail, The Granite Way, Drakes trail and several European and cross county routes such as; The Velodyssey, Tour de Manche and Velowest.

The Exe Estuary Trail.

This cycle path forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 2.  When complete the route will link Dover in the South East with St Austell in the South West.  Passing through the Seaside towns of Exmouth and Dawlish Warren and linking the pretty villages of Lympstone, Exton, Cockwood and Starcross with the cathedral city of Exeter.  The trail offers a family day out to remember.  If you would like to explore the trail and would like to hire a bicycle exeplore ltd can help.


Devon Coast to Coast – NCN Route 27 The Devon Coast to Coast (NCN Route 27) links Ilfracombe on the north coast with Plymouth on the south coast for a distance of 102 miles/163 km. This is a classic route through the heart of Devon, which is traffic-free for extensive sections, often tracing the course of former railway lines. It passes through tunnels and across breathtaking viaducts and bridges, taking in spectacular views, the beaches and estuaries of north Devon, lush green river valleys, the moorlands of Dartmoor, market towns and the bustling city of Plymouth. The route runs via Braunton, Barnstaple, Bideford, Great Torrington, Hatherleigh, Okehampton and around the edge of Dartmoor National Park to Tavistock and Plymouth.
Whether you are planning a long weekend trip across Devon or an easy day’s cycling from Plymouth, Okehampton or Barnstaple, this route is the way to explore the varied countryside without using the car. There are also many links and spurs to explore and enjoy, such as the Sticklepath Cycle Route from Okehampton or from Clearbrook to the Bere Peninsular cycle route.






The Bike Bus

A Bus that carries up to 20 bikes and 8 passengers in comfort.  Travel to the furthest reaches of Exmoor or for a leisurely roll along the promenade at Exmouth sea front.  The Bike Bus can transport you, your bikes and your luggage to and from port or station to destination and out to the very best spots for cycling across the South West.

The Bike Bus is air conditioned and has an on board DVD player for those longer trips.  If you wish to take a guide then we can provide a fully insured and qualified tour guide to lead your group safely along the route.

We are proud to be a local independent Exeter based company offering a service to cyclists visiting our unique and picturesque part of the world.  Please follow us or post our questions to our facebook page or twitter.

Cycle Hire Delivered

If you are itching to have a proper look around your holiday destination this summer and are keen to get some activity in to your visit too.

A company based in Exeter can offer a Cycle Hire service that delivers the bikes to your door.  Exeplore Limited can provide this years bikes to you and your group or family with route advice and even take the hassle out of finding the trail from your accommodation.  We’ll drop you off at a location on the trail and can even pick you up and drop you back at your accommodation* (T’s & C’s apply).

Telephone enquiries: 01392 271426 or 07773 362119





Charity Bike Ride on Sunday 20th July 2014

Bike Ride poster (New)


The first ever Exe Trail Charity Bike Ride was a huge success last year.  In 2014 over 90 people attended, The total raised on the day to date is nearly £2000, we hope to reach our target of £3000 when all sponsorship monies are counted and paid in.  Thank you to everyone that took part and made it such a special day.  This years event is being talked about already, we would love to hear your suggestions for making it bigger and better.  We are thinking – family orientated – games – fair – bbq- bike and paddle event.  Let us know what you think!