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The Exe & Teign Estuaries


Powderham Castle, Exminster, South Devon by Powderham CastleBuilt in 1391, Powderham Castle has always been a key highlight of this area © Powderham Castle

The rail journey southward from Exeter includes one of Britain’s most scenic stretches.

This area may not often hit the touristic headlines but it has some of South Devon’s loveliest views and best birdwatching. Flatter than much of the county, it is friendly to walkers and cyclists, and its lack of main roads and large ‘attractions’ makes it well and truly Slow. Into a smallish space it packs rivers, thatched cottages, small ancient churches, beaches, cliffs and coastal views; while local museums and heritage centres offer glimpses of a fascinating rural past. The Exe and Teign estuaries host an exceptional variety of birdlife, and the rail journey southward from Exeter includes one of Britain’s most scenic stretches.

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