Best Exeter Sports, E. Quayside to the Exe Estuary, Exeter

Best Exeter Sports, E. Quayside to the Exe Estuary, Exeter

Sports to watch


Watch the Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.



Watch Exeter City Football Club at St James's Park.


Horse racing

Spend a day at the races at Exeter Racecourse or Newton Abbot Racecourse.



Watch athletics at the Exeter Arena.



Cycling events such as the Tour of Britain have passed through Exeter.


Sports to play


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'.



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.



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.