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Exmouth's at the very mouth of the amazing river Exe which travels 54 miles. It's source, Simonbath, is near the Bristol Channel in the north and snakes all the way down to the English Channel in the south. The source, and what gives the Estuary it's name, is on Exmoor, 267 sq/miles of some of the most fantastic scenery in Britain with wooded coastline and some of the tallest sea cliffs in the country.

The River Exe it'self travels down through the West Country and has played a very important historical role. As a key source of access, ports of Exeter and Topsham became some of the largest in the country. Tiverton, although not a major port, used the power of the River Exe as a source of power for it's booming wool industry.

As you travel down the Exe, you will notice a wier, near Exeter, which was built in the 13th centuary after the countess of Devon got in a strop with the port of Exeter owners. This is the reason for the building of one of Britain's oldest canels which joins the River Exe at Turf Locks, part of the Exe Trail.

Along the cycle trail and walkway, which runs from Exmouth to Exeter, you will take in some breathtaking scenery. At the mouth in Exmouth, you will be able to see huge mud flats at low tide which is known as Cockle Sands. This is a key source of food for many rare and interesting birds which is why the RSPB play an active role in the Estuary. It is said that a square Meter of these mud flats contain as much energy as 8 mars bars! At high tide, the views are transformed to show an enormous expanse of rippling water which stretches all the way across to Starcross scattered with boats of all shapes, sizes and colours.

The River Exe is met by one of the last remaining sand spits in the world at Dawlish, this is called Dawlish Warren. A water taxi can be caught to explore this 2 mile sand spit which contains a rare variety of plants, some of which are only found in a few places. As you travel further towards Exeter from Exmouth, the first village you will enter is Lympstone followed by Exton, Topsham and then, Exeter. More information can be found on these places via the links on this website.