This section of the Exe Estuary Trail is new to us as a family, and was suggested as a good spot to get the family out on their bikes. We parked at Powderham Church, which is clearly signposted off the main road from Exminster towards Dawlish. The church allows parking in its car park except when services are taking place, and asks that donations are made – there is a secure box provided.
You can see the estuary beyond and it is a very short distance on the lane beside the church before you can join the traffic free trail. The path almost immediately takes you over a bridge across the railway which provides a fantastic vantage point to enjoy the sea views.
The rest of the route is very flat and easy cycling/scooting. After about 1km, you arrive at The Turf Hotel which has lovely grounds for playing in, and a ferry point to head across to Topsham on the Sea Dream, which can take bikes and buggies by arrangement. Food is served here at set times, and the new Turf Hutch serves drinks from earlier in the day.
Rejoining the path after a stop at the Turf, it is possible to venture up the lane through the RSPB Exminster Marshes towards Exminster and the Swan’s Nest pub. There are further free car parks here and at the RSPB reserve that could provide alternative start points to your adventures.
The Exe Estuary Trail leads you to Topsham Lock and the Cottage Café (only open in summer) and another place where you can cross to Topsham on the ferry. It is possible for bikes and buggies to be transported for an extra charge. if crossing here you can join the Goat Walk, visit The Lookout, or visit Topsham’s amazing park.
If you wish to cycle further then you can carry on along the Estuary Trail, under the motorway bridge and along to Countess Wear where you could visit King George V play areas or join the Papermill Path before heading back to Powderham.