We are blessed with beautiful routes around Exmouth, here's information on some of the best.
Seafront Cycle Path - Exmouth has a 2 mile sandy beach!! It is a little known gem in Devon (for now). It goes from the quay where you can get boats and ferries and local pub The Beach all along the to the red cliffs at the other end.
The cliffs are the start of The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Why not lock up your bikes here and go for a paddle or depending on the tides (you need to know your tides here!!) you can walk right around to Sandy Bay (another 2 miles of beach). AGAIN, KNOW THE TIDES. Or walk up the slope to reach Orcombe Point. This is another delight for me as it goes through pine trees to the cliff top with its magnificent views.
Meanwhile, along the route witness the spectacular kitesurfers - Exmouth is one of the best places to practice this in Europe! For the less hardy there's The Grove pub which is family friendly with a lovely beer garden or if inside log fires and big Sunday roasts! Further on there's the new Bowling Alley which is great fun when if there's a rainy day. Work continues upstairs, but when it open WOW you'll want to go - it has magnificent views.
Exe Estuary Trail - on Route 2. Millions has been spent on this trail. Exceptional views loved by families and serious cyclists alike. The Exe is one of the most important estuaries in Europe for bird wildlife. Its also a hub for watersports. The route is manageable for all ,with only a couple of short sharp hills in Lympstone. As we tell our hiring friends its not called a 'pushbike' for nothing and there's no shame in pushing the little hills - but you'll manage - honest!
You can hire from us in Exmouth or there are a range of hire companies in Exeter & Topsham - just don't forget to visit us at the other end. If you do hire from us we offer 10% off accessories bought in the shop. Visit our hire page for more details.
You can find more details on routes here as well as downloading the 'Exploring The Exe' Leaflet
The route takes you all the way from us in Exmouth up to Exeter. With a little more time you can go around to Dawlish and get the boat back across (checking times of ferries IS ESSENTIAL). Or take a water taxi (again check times) from Topsham across to the marvellous Turf Lock (only reached by foot, boat, bike - no cars allowed!). This is a really special day out. You can also cycle up to Turf Lock from Starcross for instance.
Another favourite for us, is to cycle up to Puffin Billy where there's a park opposite for the little ones and respite in the bar (!) for us grown ups. Lovely food too.
For the shoppers out there pop into Dart's Farm a big 'farm' shop with local produce, cafes, luscious brands such as Cath Kidston.
Or why not go a little further to Double Locks before Exeter. It has an enormous garden with playground, pine trees, riverside seating. In the winter its nice and cosy inside.
Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton - extension of Route 2
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I was lucky enough to be taken on a trip with Cycle West to see part of Tour de Manche. It is an epic and wonderful ride of 1200km in total but you can dip in where's it's convenient for you.
Tour de Manche follows the coastline of Brittany through the famous Pink Granite Coast and Cap Fréhel. It links up Brittany and Normandy to Dorset and Devon, two counties of South-West England boasting some of the most glorious sea views and countryside. Alternatively if starting in the South West of England you can begin in Poole and go over the cliffs until it reaches Exmouth and our sandy beaches, cafes, varied restaurants and a number of cottages and hotels. Here's our local area
The journey continues to Exeter then down to Plymouth where you can take a pleasant overnight ferry to Roscoff and the French adventure begins... More beaches, gourmet food (I ate some of the most fantastic food on this trip!!) and cycling accredited hotels.
If you need more information about it then please get in touch and I may be able to lend a hand with routes, or tips.
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