Sometimes it’s late, it’s grey, it’s drizzling and cold and yet you can still be glad you’ve been for a walk. I only had a short window this evening – between one thing and another – to head out and so did a quick ‘out and back’ along the Strand in Topsham.
If you park at the public pay and display car park at The Lighter Inn you can head along the Strand to The Goat Walk and enjoy the views out to Exmouth. You will pass the museum and it’s river front garden (open to all).
Heading back to The Lighter you can explore the quay, with its antiques centre, restaurants, bars and cafes. Then passing the historic Thames barge Vigilant, continue along the water front on Ferry Road. You may wish to head into one of the jetties or slipways along the route for better views of the Estuary.
You will pass the landing slip for the Topsham to Turf Locks ferry and the historic Passage House Inn with its waterside beer garden, as well as many intriguing houses that give a sense of Topsham’s past as a trading port.
The walk ends at the recreation ground and it’s playing field beyond where you can let dogs off the lead before heading back the way you came.