Mum and I had a few days holiday left to take before the end of the year and we couldn’t have been luckier with the days we chose to take off, perfect sunshine and bright blue skys – Hoorah!
We decided to make the most of it and dust off our bikes (having not used mine all year) and go for a cycle in the sunshine. The route we chose to explore was the Exe Estuary Trail which we started from Darts Farm, in Topsham. If you don’t have a bike you can hire them from Darts Farm using their Bike Hire Hut. With a bit of a struggle we wrestled our bicycles out of the boot, attached our front wheels to our frames and eventually got on our way.
The trail from where we started at is a 5 mile route from Topsham to Exmouth, suitable for all riders as it is mostly flat. You can go from The Quay in Exeter but we thought 5 miles there and 5 miles back would be enough for our little legs!
The Exe Estuary Trail is a very picturesque route and with such beautiful weather that day you would be forgiven for thinking you were abroad! It runs parallel with the railway which you can see in the pictures and also attracts lots of different birds.
Half way along we stopped in a lovely little village called Lympstone and accidentally caught sight of an elderly chap absolutely starkers after he had been for a dip in the water! We waited for him to retain his modesty then stopped to take a few pictures of the view – minus a naked old man! Despite his nakedness he was a very friendly and was very impressed with our bicycles.
After a quick stop we were back on our way and headed for Exmouth Beach. The route, despite it being described as flat, had a few little hills and after some huffing and puffing we eventually made it to Exmouth. We did a quick loop of the seafront and then stopped to feed our rumbling bellies some lunch.
After our lunch we dragged our wobbly legs and sore bottoms back to where we locked up our bikes and made our way back to Darts Farm where we did a bit of shopping and had a well deserved cuppa!
I throughly enjoyed cycling this route and wish we had thought about doing it a little bit earlier on in the summer. It has now reminded me how much I enjoy riding my bike and I will definitely be looking into other routes for us to try (perhaps next summer now the weather has turned). I would recommend this route to any cyclist or even families as it is very easy and mostly flat.