Walking, cycling and ferries

Use a day return ticket to stop off along the line for walks, refreshment and birdwatching. From Topsham and Exmouth ferries link to the western side of the estuary for more walking opportunities.

Avocet Ambles

With the help of community rail funding, ALRUG is producing a series of walks leaflets called Avocet Ambles!  The walks have been devised and produced by members of the Committee.

The first leaflet was published in Spring 2013 – download a copy here, or pick one up from staffed stations and Tourist Information Centres. The second leaflet was published in September 2014, and re-launched in December 2015. It is available in hard copy from the same places as the previous leaflet, and can be downloaded here.

Avocet Ambles 3 was published in November 2016. It is also available in hard copy and can be downloaded here.

The Exe Estuary Trail is a great way to explore the River Exe.  Most of the trail is off-road and is easily accessible by public transport. The new Clyst Bridge, which brings the trail into Topsham adjacent to the RSPB Bowling Green Marsh reserve, opened in November 2013.

Ferries

Using a ferry is a great way to travel across the Exe Estuary.  Try one of the following-

  • Exmouth to Starcross Ferry runs from Exmouth Marina to Starcross 7 days a week from Easter until the end of October. For more information, including times and fares, click here.  The ferry links up with National Route 2 of the National Cycle Network, and bicycles can be carried for a small additional charge.
  • Topsham ferry runs across the River Exe between the landing in Ferry Road, Topsham and Topsham Lock. For more information, including times and fares, click here.
  • Topsham to Turf Ferry sails from Trout’s boatyard on Ferry Road, Topsham to the Turf Inn.  You can visit the pub, and enjoy river and canal side walks towards Exeter or Starcross.  For more information click here

Cycling

Three sections of National Route 2 of the National Cycle Network are open in East Devon.  These are known as the Exe Estuary Trail.  On the east side of the River Exe, the trail is open for cyclists and walkers between Exmouth and Topsham.  A further section, which included the construction of a 120m span bridge over the River Clyst and a section through the RSPB Goosemoor Nature Reserve, opened in November 2013. Download the leaflet for more information.

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