Best Exeter Day Trips, J. South Devon, Exeter

Best Exeter Day Trips, J. South Devon, Exeter


Topsham is the historic port of Exeter. Located on the east side of the Exe Estuary where the River Exe meets the estuary, the setting is stunning. It's a beautiful, well-heeled waterside town packed with excellent shops, pubs and restaurants.

Take the train, bus, cycle or walk. The Exe Estuary Trail runs through Topsham.

Foot ferries cross between Topsham and Topsham Lock/Exminster (the Topsham Ferry) and Turf Locks (the Topsham to Turf Ferry).


Exmouth and the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site

Exmouth is the gateway town to the west section of East Devon. It lines the East Devon coast and the mouth of the Exe Estuary. Dawlish Warren is just across the water.

The Dorset and East Devon Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site is often referred to as the Jurassic Coast. In East Devon, it runs from Exmouth to the Dorset border by Lyme Regis.

Take the train, bus or cycle.


Exe Estuary

The River Exe flows through Exeter to the beautiful Exe Estuary. Estuary meets sea at Exmouth on the East Devon coastline and Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve on the South Devon coast.

Use the Exe Estuary Trail.


Dawlish Warren

Exceptionally popular seaside resort at the mouth of the River Exe and Exe Estuary across the water from Exmouth. The beach is wonderful and is part of Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve.

Take the train or cycle for views.


Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor rises south west of Exeter. If you're on holiday in Exeter with a car then it's very easily accessible.

Buses run to major Dartmoor gateways towns such as Chagford, Okehampton and Bovey Tracey. For example, take the bus to Chagford and walk the Teign Gorge to Fingle Bridge near the National Trust's Castle Drogo.


East Devon

In addition to Topsham and Exmouth, we'd recommend trips to Sidmouth and Beer.

East Devon is most easily explored by car from Exeter.


The English Riviera

The English Riviera is a famous arc of coastline in South Devon. It runs from Babbacombe through Torquay and Paignton down to Brixham.

Take a train to Torquay and explore The English Riviera on boat from Torquay Harbour and on foot.


South Devon

If you're on holiday in Exeter for a period of time, make sure you explore a bit of South Devon. Highlights include Dartmouth, Salcombe and Bigbury-on-Sea.

South Devon is most easily explored by car from Exeter.



Arguably the best located city in the UK with a fascinating and internationally important maritime history. Plymouth looks out across the sea to the Cornwall and Devon coastlines. Dartmoor rises behind.

Some of the world's most important historical and intellectual figures travelled from the city. Easily accessible by train from London, Plymouth is a magnificent place.

Take the train to Plymouth.


Mid Devon

We'd recommend trips to South Molton and Great Torrington. The magnificent RHS Garden Rosemoor is by the latter.

Mid Devon is most easily explored by car from Exeter.


Exmoor National Park

Exmoor's high moor is wonderful and its coast sublime. Highlights include Porlock Bay and Lynmouth/Lynton.

Exmoor National Park is most easily explored by car from Exeter.


North Devon

Known for its huge beaches and surfing, head for Woolacombe or Croyde.

North Devon is most easily explored by car from Exeter.


Tamar Valley

One of the most beautiful and under visited parts of the UK, the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is magnificent.

It's located west of Dartmoor. Tavistock is the gateway town.

The Tamar Valley is most easily explored by car from Exeter.



Cornwall is very easily accessible from Exeter by car. Follow the A30 west. Smaller roads branch off to the North Cornwall coast.