Exe Estuary Trail 30 Days Wild 2017 No. 3

30 Days Wild No. 3. OK, we admit we didn’t actually do this today, because it’s change over day for the eco lodges and we were far too busy cleaning. Our random act of wildness today was a cup of coffee while watching the bumble bees. George put the video together of our cycle trip last Thursday.

It probably would have been better quality if I hadn’t forgotten the camera card so that all we had was our phone cameras. Oh well. You’ll get the idea.
All six of us went, Maggie and Ian, George and Euan, and our 2 wwoof volunteers.

The original plan was to explore down to the National Nature Reserve at Dawlish, but when we got there we didn’t really have the time (or energy) to get beyond the ‘bucket and spade’ bit of Dawlish. Maybe we’ll go back in the colder months when there are more wintering birds.

It was a charming ride though – all the way to Dawlish. Lots of wildflowers in the hedgerows including wild roses and masses of valerian and oxeye daisies (but is that oilseed rape along the canal bank at the start?).

If you’re looking for a shorter ride we’d recommend down to Starcross, across on the ferry (just beyond the railway station, and you need to be able to carry the bike over the railway bridge) to Exmouth, up the other side of the estuary to Topsham, cross back on the smaller ferry there, and return to Exeter. Crossing back at Topsham route avoids some fairly boring roads at the end of what is otherwise a really lovely ride. We did about 25 miles, but that could have been extended or shortened.

If you’ve got your own bikes and transport you can do what we did and join the trail from Clapperbrook Lane East on Exeter’s Marsh Barton trading estate – there’s a small car park just over the narrow bridge, or if it’s not a working day you’ll find plenty of parking in the industrial estate.

Alternatively, you could take the bus to Exeter, start at the Quay and hire bikes (or kayaks for that matter) or even unlock a folding Brompton bike from St David’s railway station. You’re also welcome to borrow the Wheatland Farm bikes and bike to the train station at Eggesford, taking the bikes into Exeter with you. That would be a fairly energetic day.

Here’s the Exe Explorer trail guide pdf with a bit more information.

This is our Big Bike Out video No. 6. The others were:

Big Bike Out 1 Wheatland Farm to Belstone and back

Big Bike Out 2 Wheatland Farm to Halsdon Nature reserve and the Duke of York pub

Big Bike Out 2 was Lunch at the Lymie – but we’ve stopped recommending the Lymington Arms for the time being.

Big Bike Out 4 Wheatland Farm to Sampford Courtney for lunch

Big Bike Out 5 Wheatland Farm to Ilfracombe