This exceptionally beautiful ride along both sides of Devon’s radiant Exe Estuary is easily one of the best routes in the country for birding by bike.
The route follows both sides of the River Exe Estuary, linking the seaside resort of Dawlish Warren to Exmouth.
The route follows the river for much of its length, offering expansive views across the water.
You’ll also pass some of Devon’s most handsome waterside villages, including Topsham and Exton.
At Exmouth, you can cross the town centre to the seafront, where you could catch the Starcross ferry back to the west side of the estuary to turn the ride into a loop.
The route is fairly flat and offers fantastic river and estuary views.
Surrounding the estuary are marshes, which provide a year-round haven for thousands of birds and are looked after by the RSPB.
Access to the Starcross ferry
Please note that the ferry may not be accessible to everyone.
There are multiple sets of stairs between the ferry and the route, including a staircase over a railway bridge.
If you are using a cycle or mobility aid, it will need to be carried up and down the steps as there is no ramp access.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.
However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.
Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.
Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.
To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.