The Dog Lover’s Guide to Topsham

Are you a dog owner with time on your paws? Then take the short train or bus ride from Exeter to Topsham, the historic estuary town on the River Exe.

The pretty historic streets make for a perfect walk that’s stimulating for everyone on two legs and four while almost all the pubs and cafes – and there are lots of them – are enthusiastically dog-friendly. Owners can buy fresh fish and artisan cheeses or tuck in to a cream tea or fish and chips while furry friends enjoy their own retail therapy at two pet shops: anyone for a salmon and turmeric dog chew?

To work off those excesses take your canine for a swim in the Exe from the recreation ground or the historic Goat Walk – and at the latter there’s even a dedicated dog-friendly field for walking and running.

If the tail is still wagging then try the gorgeous circular walk around Topsham that includes the scenic Bowling Green Marsh Nature Reserve and takes you back into town for a coffee or a pint.

So grab the lead, come on down – the dog days are here in Topsham.

Take a browse around the town’s website for more information and things to do in Topsham.

Thanks to Topsham dog owner Tim Ridgeway (and his dog Hector) for help with this guide