#30DaysWild 9. Explore the Exe Estuary by Boat

Today’s Random Act of Wildness was to take time off to kayak the Exe Estuary. And since it’s a fun thing to do if you’re staying at Wheatland Farm this summer, here’s a bit more information.

Maggie paddles with the Exeter Canoe Club, based at the canal basin in Exeter. But there are several hire shops locally too.

Even if you’re an absolute newbie to kayaking, canoeing or stand up paddle boarding you can still have a go. Running alongside the river Exe is the Exeter Ship Canal – a very sheltered strip of water widely used for recreation at all levels. You can hire at the canal basin and just paddle down to the Double Locks pub. At time of writing, it was still temporarily closed, but being a huge beer garden lunch time sort of venue it will surely be in the first wave of post corona pubs to open up. If yours is a family outing, maybe rent out a open canoe, and take the kids for a gentle float, then reward yourself with lunch.

If you’re after something more energetic or individual-based, AS Watersports hires out canoes, kayaks and SUPs. The hire side may be temporarily closed, but will be re-opening as the corona lockdown eases – and that’ll probably be before Wheatland Farm’s eco lodges are reopened, so do check.

Kayakhub, based at the quay side, is already hiring out kayaks as lockdown lifts, even if they haven’t got around to updating their website in a while. You book a slot and turn up. See their contact page to get in touch. Or maybe reach them through facebook.

Saddles and paddles, on Exeter Quay hire out bikes and boats. They opened on 1 June. Find them on facebook. And of course they hire bikes too – cycling the Exe Trail makes another fab day out.

Here are a couple of links to paddling information for the Exe:

Kayaking loops on the Exe, a pdf from Haven Banks Outdoor centre: https://www.haven-banks.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Kayak-Code-A4-print-outs.pdf

https://gopaddling.info/rivers/river-exe/

https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/uploads/documents/River-Exe-and-Exeter-Ship-Canal-Loop-2-_-Salmonpool-to-Countess-Weir.pdf

Previously on #30DaysWild

This time last year: We had the botanists from the Devonshire Association surveying Wheatland Farm and Popehouse Moor.

This time in 2018: We were up on Dartmoor for another Devon Day Out from Wheatland Farm

This time in 2017: Painted Lady Butterflies had turned up at Wheatland Farm, the first of the summer.