Bikelands is Coast Magazine's Coastal Character on their website

Posted on August 10, 2015 by Chris Bikelands | 0 Comments

I was super pleased to be featured on Coast Magazine's website as part of a collection of their 'Coastal Characters'. It is such a stunning magazine and website and I used to ogle the uplifting pages while living in London such is the pull of the seaside and it's way of life. Now that I am here - just two minutes walk from the beach - I couldn't be more proud to feature in this magazine.

Of course being by the seaside doesn't mean you are immune to the daily chores of life, but what is wonderful when you are by the sea and you look out across the horizon, is the realisation how small us we are.  

Being on the Gateway to the Jurassic Coast, we are fortunate in Exmouth to have stunning scenery surrounded by cycle paths. There are a number to choose from including along the two mile beach and around the quay; the Route 2 that leads along the Exe Estuary all the way to Exeter that meanders through Devon Villages (Lympstone, Exton, Topsham). If you have more energy you can go back down the other side to Starcross which is really flat and takes you past the delightful Turf Lock and magical Powderham Castle. Save a little energy to carry the bikes over the railway bridge to catch the boat back to Exmouth. The Route also goes over to Budleigh Salterton, a quaint seaside town also with stunning scenery, completely different to Exmouth.

These lovely routes are just one of the reasons we chose Exmouth - Oh and how quickly you can hot foot it back up to London (or vice versa!). Happy cycling! 

"After 20 years of living in London, working in TV and fashion, my husband and I moved to Exmouth to open a bike shop. I grew up in Brighton and always knew I’d move back to the seaside. My kids couldn’t be happier. They’re beach-mad and love it when their teachers take them out of the classroom and on to the shore to learn about rocks and fish.
Our lives are so active here. We joined the sailing club and my daughter now sails out on the open sea. On weekends, we go cycling. There’s a new track that goes from here to Exeter and back down to Dawlish on the other side of the river, where we take the boat back to Exmouth, completing a 25-mile loop. 
We chose Exmouth because it’s a proper town with a permanent population. As a business, we’re not reliant on six weeks of holiday craziness, and we can immerse ourselves in community life.When we opened the shop in June 2012, it was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and everyone was out on the street. People saw us painting the shop and came over to give us champagne to celebrate the opening. They’re so welcoming here and there’s a young, buzzy vibe, with live music and an arts festival in May. But the beach is the best bit. As soon as you look at the waves, you forget all your stress and see the bigger picture".
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