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Exeter / Sidmouth

[ Cycle routes Tour de Manche ] [ Okehampton > Axminster ]
  • 36.7 km
  • expert Level Expert

From Exeter quay the route hugs the canal before heading into open country. Topsham, once an important port, is well worth a visit for its Dutch-gabled houses. This part of the trail is mainly off-road, flat and popular with families. Exmouth marks the start of the Jurassic Coast, which will be your occasional companion as far as Poole. The going gets hilly as you approach Sidmouth, a genteel town noted for its Georgian and Regency seafront.

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The Route

The going is largely flat along the Exe Estuary, and along mainly quiet lanes. However there are some challenging parts, especially around Sidmouth.

Exmouth 01395 222299,

Budleigh Salterton 01395 445275,

Sidmouth 01395 516441.

Railway lines
First Great Western Exmouth > Exeter > Barnstaple: Topsham, Exton, Lympstone, Exmouth stations

Exmouth, Fridays, 08h30-11h30; Exmouth, farmers' market, 2nd Wednesday of the month, weekly in summer 09h-13h30; Budleigh, 4th Friday of the month, 09h-13h; Sidmouth, 2nd Saturday of the month, 09h-13h

Not to be missed

A la Ronde, curious 16-sided house and gallery lined with 25,000 shells - built by two spinster cousins in 18th century - commanding views over countryside and estuary; - Geoneedle, 5m high sculpture marking the most westerly point of Devon's Jurassic Coast - nine different types of stone reflect the geological variety of the 150km UNESCO World Heritage coastline.

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