Bounded by the Exe Estuary and the Clyst River, Topsham offers spectacular views along both the water’s edge and inland.
Known for its historic Goat Walk, estuary views and home to an internationally important site for migratory birds, the natural beauty of Topsham will take your breath away.
The Goat Walk
Take a seat at the Goat Walk and marvel at the constantly changing views of the estuary. The Goat Walk forms part of a circular walk from the town centre, down the Strand where you will see the Dutch gables of some of the old merchants’ houses, along the Goat Walk, and round along Bowling Green Road and the RSPB Nature Reserve. For more walking routes and ideas click here.
Exe Estuary Trail
Topsham is ideally positioned on the National Cycle Route 2, The Exe Estuary Trail. The stretch from Topsham to Exmouth is one of the most stunning, mainly traffic-free sections. It is ideal for cyclists as well as walkers and runners. Exploring the Exe Estuary Trail — not only on the Topsham side of the river, but across to Exminster, Turf, Powderham and Starcross (where you can take a ferry across to Exmouth), or north to Exeter’s historic quayside — makes for a perfect day out. Pick up supplies in Fore Street, hire a bike from Route 2 Bike Shop or Darts Farm and off you go!
For more cycle route ideas and tips visit the Sustrans site here.
The RSPB and Topsham
Nature lovers will be kept busy all year round at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor nature reserves in Topsham.
RSPB Bowling Green Marsh is on the east bank of the Exe Estuary, within easy walking distance from the centre of Topsham. It is one of the main high tide roosts for the Exe Estuary and provides birds that use the estuary with a safe place to rest up and feed when the tide is at its highest.
Visitors will also find The Lookout situated in the wildlife garden at RSPB Bowling Green Marsh – a family-friendly hide offering visitors stunning panoramic views across the wetland and close-up views of the estuary’s wildfowl as they feed, all from the comfort of a sofa! The RSPB offer a packed programme of events and activities for families to enjoy throughout the school holidays. For more information click here
The Viewing Platform around 5 minutes walk from The Lookout also offers stunning views across the Exe Estuary towards Exmouth.
RSPB Goosemoor is to the east of Bowling Green, accessed by passing under the railway bridge and walking or cycling toward Darts Farm along the elevated track.
RSPB Avocet Cruises: Enjoy the popular autumn/winter RSPB birdwatching cruises along the stunning Exe Estuary. The cruises are renowned for the variety of birds you’ll get a close-up view of, including the stylish avocets. Booking is essential, just click here.
At Darts Farm, you’ll find the RSPB Shop, selling everything you need to give nature a home in your garden – from bug hotels, to nest boxes and garden bird seed. The shop also stocks a wide range of binoculars and microscopes to ensure you have everything you need to see the wonders of Topsham’s wildlife close up. For more information simply click here.