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The Exe & Teign Estuaries - A view from our expert author


Teignmouth beach Devon UK by jennyt ShutterstockThe beach at Teignmouth © jennyt, Shutterstock

The river is peaceful now, with nothing larger than ferries and pleasure boats shuttling across, but a sense of history still lingers.

This area may not hit the touristic headlines very often 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 of large, publicised ‘attractions’ makes it well and truly Slow. It is well served by buses and well scattered with accommodation of all types; you can pick up current local information in the tourist offices, often staffed by enthusiastic volunteers bursting to promotetheir home place.

In olden times Exeter and Topsham were important ports for the lucrative Devon wool trade; by the 17th and 18th centuries when activities were at their height, great ships frequently billowed their way up and down the Exe with their valuable cargoes. The river is peaceful now, with nothing larger than ferries and pleasure boats shuttling across, but a sense of history still lingers.

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