Best Exeter Outdoor Activities, E. Quayside to the Exe Estuary, Exeter

Best Exeter Outdoor Activities, E. Quayside to the Exe Estuary, Exeter

Watersports

Try canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding on Exeter Canal and the River Exe.

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre. Located on Exeter Quay, Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre offers a huge range of activities including watersports such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and power-boating. Adults, kids and family activities.

AS Watersports. Kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding are among the activities on offer. Again, located on Exeter Quay.

Saddles & Paddles . Another outdoor activity supplier based on Exeter Quay. Hire kayaks and canoes. Note that this is a great place from which to hire bikes to ride the Exe Estuary Trail .

Head to the coast for windsurfing, kite surfing and boat trips.

EXE Adventures (Exe Estuary). Kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding are among the activities available on the Exe Estuary and South Devon beaches around Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth.

ExeWake Watersports (Exmouth). South Devon 'watersports school specialising in wakeboarding, waterskiing and inflatable rides'.

 

Walking

Exe Estuary Trail. The Exe Estuary Trail runs around the edge of the Exe Estuary between Exeter and the South Devon/East Devon coast. Roughly 18 miles (8 miles Exeter to Starcross and its foot ferry. 10 miles from Exmouth to Exeter via Topsham. Measured using Ordnance Survey mapping app).

Exe Valley Way. The Exe Valley Way is over 50 miles long and follows the River Exe/Exe Valley from Starcross all the way up to Exmoor. See our sister website Holiday in Exmoor for more information. From Exeter, head south along the Exe Estuary or north into Mid Devon.

Exeter City Wall TrailExeter Woollen Trail and Exeter Medieval Trail.

South West Coast Path. Follow the South West Coast Path east from Exmouth or south from Dawlish Warren.

Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you follow the South West Coast Path east from Exmouth, you're at the beginning of the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site.

East Devon Way. Long distance footpath running through East Devon to Lyme Regis.

 

Cycling

Exe Estuary Trail. The Exe Estuary Trail runs around the edge of the Exe Estuary between Exeter and the South Devon/East Devon coast. Roughly 18 miles (8 miles Exeter to Starcross and its foot ferry. 10 miles from Exmouth to Exeter via Topsham. Measured using Ordnance Survey mapping app). Cycle a section or all of the trail. Hire bikes from Saddles & Paddles on Exeter's Historic Quayside.

Haldon Forest. Haldon Forest just beyond the north eastern border of Dartmoor National Park. Off-road trails in this popular forest. Attracts visitors from The English Riviera and South Devon as well so it can get busy.

Dartmoor National Park. Routes include the Granite Way, Drake's Trail and the Granite and Gears cycling routes up at Princetown.

 

Climbing

Quay Climbing Centre is located on Haven Road on the west side of Exeter's Historic Quayside by the Canal Basin. It has 'the South West's largest indoor climbing wall'. (Quay Climbing Centre website)

Note that Clip 'n Climb runs from Quay Climbing Centre. 'We also use our large space to house other activities that are related to or of benefit to climbing. Clip 'n Climb Exeter, an exciting themed climbing adventure for everyone aged 4+ is based in the centre.' (Quay Climbing Centre website)

 

Horse riding

Go horse riding on Dartmoor's high moor. See one of our sister sites, Holiday in Dartmoor, for more information.

 

Fishing

Take a fishing trip from Exmouth.

 

Bird watching

RSPB Nature Reserves. This is the collective name for Exminster Marshes RSPB Nature Reserve, Bowling Green Marsh RSPB Nature Reserve, Powderham Marshes RSPB Nature Reserve and Matford Marsh RSPB Nature Reserve.

Other nature reserves in and around Exeter include The Old Sludge Beds Nature Reserve, Exmouth Local Nature Reserve, The Maer Local Nature Reserve, Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve and Cricklepit Mill Nature Reserve.

 

Swimming

Swim in the sea at Exmouth Beach and Dawlish Warren Beach.

Swim at Topsham Outdoor Swimming Pool.