Devon

The Exeter Adventure

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Overview

Stretching along the coast from Sidmouth via the pretty villages of Starcross and Lympstone on the Exe Estuary and up to the ancient City of Exeter. Take in Powderham Castle, discover the 3,500 acre Haldon Forest Park before finishing at the Becky Falls beauty spot.

Sidmouth

The magnificent red cliffs laid down 240m years ago greet visitors to the regency seaside resort of Sidmouth. Relax and unwind strolling along the esplanade, wandering in the gardens or head off down the South West Coast Path. Catch a performance at the Manor theatre or the weekly band performance.

Bicton

Between the Jurassic Coast and Exeter, Bicton largely consists of Bicton Park, home of the Rolle family. Extensive landscaping, large glasshouses, a museum, a train ride, a maze, nature trails and a towering obelisk form Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, a 300 acre listed site.

Starcross

Overlooking the Exe Estuary between Exeter and Dawlish, the village of Starcross contains the remains of a Brunel pumping station. May be watch some of the heritage trains that pass through or catch the ferry to Exmouth.

Lympstone

The harbour of Lympstone on the Exe Estuary is home to large numbers of resident and migrating birdlife. Go crabbing or cockle picking on the foreshore or wander the 56 acre common. Visit Lympstone Manor for a Michelin fine dining experience or wander the 28 acre gardens.

Exeter

Visit the vibrant Roman cathedral city on the River Exe to explore the Underground tunnels and passages. Venture into Exeter Castle which overlooks the Rougement and Northernhay Gardens. Visit the museum or explore the Roman wall down at the historic quayside.

Powderham

The dominant Powderham Castle is a spectacular fortified manor house dating back 600 years. Spend a fascinating day exploring the house or wander the deer park and gardens. Check out the autumn food festival, a real highlight of the calendar.

Haldon Forest

Get back to nature and explore the 3,500 acres of Haldon Forest Park by foot, bike, segway or horseback. Relax and maybe take a picnic or whizz through the treetops on the high wires if you are feeling more energetic.

Bovey Tracey

The gateway to Dartmoor, Bovey Tracey, scene of a major civil war battle, is a vibrant market town. Visit the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and watch the experts at work before browsing the shops and gallery. Roll over to the House of Marbles and watch the glass makers at work.

Newton Abbot

A bustling market town on the River Teign where you will find many shops and a traditional indoor Pannier market. Take in the racecourse, the town quay, Great Western Railway museum or may be take a drive to visit nearby Becky Falls.

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Overview

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Sidmouth

2
4.9 miles

Bicton

3
18.2 miles

Starcross

4
14.0 miles

Lympstone

5
9.3 miles

Exeter

6
7.0 miles

Powderham

7
8.6 miles

Haldon Forest

8
9.2 miles

Bovey Tracey

9
6.6 miles

Newton Abbot

What to see and do…

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Red House Mysteries

Red House Mysteries, King Street Business Centre, King Street, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1BH

Canonteign Falls

Christow, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7RH

East Hillerton Lodge

East Hillerton House, Spreyton , Crediton , Devon , EX17 5AD

Church Cottage Guest House

CHURCH COTTAGE, Exeter, DEVON, EX67AA

Bickleigh Mill

Riverside Shopping, Bickleigh, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8RG

Lady’s Mile Holiday Park

Exeter Road, Dawlish, Devon, EX7 0LX

Hoseasons, Ilfracombe, Devon

Ilfracombe, Devon

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About the The Exeter Adventure Trail

Distance: 78 miles
Cites / Towns: 9
Number Of Businesses: 8

Leave the town of Sidmouth passing through Starcross on your journey to the Exe Estuary and follow the river inland via Lympstone to the Roman city of Exeter, capital city of Devon. Enjoy the city and discover the cathedral, quayside and underground passages.
Depart for Powderham to explore the castle and gardens before arriving to enjoy the space and trails of Haldon Forest Park.
Roll on and take a tour of the House of Marbles before heading to the iconic Dartmoor landmark of Becky Falls.

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Counting Castles

Explore the magnificent castles of Devon. Exeter, or Rougement Castle stands proudly in the northern corner of the Roman city. Towards the coast you will discover the stunning Powderham Castle and a little way off the trail you will find Castle Drogo – the last castle to be built in England.

Gorgeous Gardens

Discover the extensive botanical gardens of Bicton resplendent with formal gardens, maze and woodland walks. Powderham Castle has an impressive secluded American Garden providing a charming place to relax amongst the exotic trees.

Natural Devon

Explore the stunning cliff walks, sandy beaches and rolling hills in Devon’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Take time out at Haldon Forest Park – ride a horse or take your bike and watch out for rare butterflies, deer and other local wildlife.

Also Nearby

Red House Mysteries

Red House Mysteries, King Street Business Centre, King Street, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1BH

Canonteign Falls

Christow, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7RH

East Hillerton Lodge

East Hillerton House, Spreyton , Crediton , Devon , EX17 5AD

Church Cottage Guest House

CHURCH COTTAGE, Exeter, DEVON, EX67AA

Bickleigh Mill

Riverside Shopping, Bickleigh, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 8RG

Lady’s Mile Holiday Park

Exeter Road, Dawlish, Devon, EX7 0LX

Hoseasons, Ilfracombe, Devon

Ilfracombe, Devon

holidaycottages.co.uk