Exeter to Exmouth
Exeter St Davids to Bridge Road
As you exit Exeter St Davids Station entrance you will need to turn left. Walk on the pavement if your nervous on the road and proceed to the end of the road. Instead of following the road round to the right you will spot a car park. Go through the car park and you will see a level crossing in front of you.Go across the crossing and follow the road, you will see the cycle trail to the left following the flood relief system (this worked very well during the 2012 winter).
As you make your way down the trail, you will pass under Exe Bridges and you will see a park and a Harvester Inn on your right and a suspension bridge on your left. If you choose to pass over the bridge you can either visit Saddles and Paddles to hire a bike or canoe or enjoy a drink, feed the birds, or eat something before attacking the trail proper.
If you decide not to cross the bridge, you will see the Piazza on your right where you can visit Exeter Cycles to hire a bike or enjoy a cream tea or exotic coffee.
Onwards following the canal bank, you will cross a small swing bridge and the path will widen. Follow the path and it will bend around the right again and then round to the left taking you towards the beautifully sited Double Locks pub.
Proceed on until you finally arrive at Bridge road at Countess Wear (the point we finished the Dawlish to Exeter leg.
Bridge Road to Darts Farm
You will now turn left if you have come out at the right point and follow the road up a slight incline across a minor road to a pedestrian crossing. At this point you will need to cross and then follow the sign through Glass House Lane and eventually you will come out on the main Topsham road (photo 9 to the right). From here follow the cycle route and you will cross the main road twice once just past Newport Road and then back to the other side just before the route turns down Ashford Road which will take you down to the waterfront at Topsham and some truly stunning scenery. As you pass through the Hamlet you will see the Passage House and the Vigilant barge.
If you want to cut your journey short you may choose to catch the ferry back across the Exe at this point and proceed back to Exeter or Dawlish depending on where you started the trail.
As you pass through the historical streets of Topsham you will eventually come out at Bridge Road and will need to ensure you are on the pavement to the right. Follow this and you will see the newly completed Exe Cycle bridge (pictured below)
Proceed past the pub on the left, along the bridge and on the side of the road towards Darts Farm. Before Darts Farm you will see an alley and this will take you back towards the Exe and on to Exton.
Keep an eye on the signs as it does seem as though you are passing through peoples front yards but it is fine and you will come out at Exton. At this point of the route you will join a quiet road that flows up through Exton and brings you out at the side of the Puffing Billy pub turn right here, watching for traffic as you are on the road leading to the railway station.
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After rejoining the the trail at Exton, you will carry on down the route passing, Lympstone Commando (the Royal Marine Training Centre). As you approach Lympstone, you will see the railway station to the left (another great opportunity to hop on a train) if you are keen to cut your journey short or, little one legs are starting to suffer.
Be careful as you descend the hill as it is very steep and it comes out onto the main road running through the village. This is one of the more dangerous areas of this route so please be aware that cars or faster moving cyclists are likely to be coming through the village and if in doubt we would suggest walking your bike. As you go past the Swan Inn and on through the village the post office is on the right and various small shops where drinks and refreshments can be purchased.
On the final leg you will encounter one of the very few hills on the road before rejoining the trail to Exmouth. The climb comes as you go through the village and will be a test to most novice cyclists. As with all hills if they go up....they must go down and the drop will bring one of the most stunning views of the Exe. If you get a chance sit on the bench take a drink and just.....look.
As the road turns to the left you will see the sign for the trail pointing to the right. Go past the graffiti and proceed onwards to Exmouth. As you come down the gentle slope into Exmouth, you will note this is where the route splits and with this in mind we have added a 3rd segment of the route that will allow you to carry on the route to Budleigh.
Most people wish to proceed to the Sea Front and ride along by the 2 mile stretch of beach. Exmouth has wonderful restaraunts and pubs and if you choose to end your Exe Trail here.
As the following segment is off the trail you may want to think about this before proceeding.
You will need to travel on some roads and at times these can be relatively busy. Also, the initial part of the cycle way on Exmouth Sea Front is a shared pathway with pedestrians and dogs sometimes getting in the way. If in doubt stop at Exmouth railway station and proceed back to Exeter or jump on a train.
As you cycle past the railway station follow the payment and you will bear around to the right past Exmouth Swimming Pool and head towards a large roundabout. At this point I would recommend going straight down which will take you down Langerwehe Way. If possibe take the first left and then your first right into Victoria Road. Follow the cycle path down until the end of the road, where you will see The Beach Pub. Be careful here as the cycle path dissapears for 50 yards before becoming a shared pathway and then splits into two to become a cycle way. The view of the beach is stunning whatever time of the year but it does get a little blustery if the wind is in the wrong direction. This brings us to the end of the Exe Trail but if you want to continue further, please refer to the Exmouth to Budleigh Section