Rather two wheels than two legs? Dawlish Warren is a great starting point for getting out on to the tracks and roads of Devon. Take the opportunity to make your way through beautiful scenery at your own pass or find the route that will test you.
Devon has a fantastic choice of routes for you try, so don’t just bring the car, bring the bike!
Check out some routes!
Exe Trail Cycle Hire
Exe Trail Cycle Hire is based in Dawlish Warren, South Devon, and is situated on the picturesque River Exe cycle route, a flat and mainly tarmac off-road family cycle trail, listed by the Sunday Times as one of the top twenty family cycle rides in the UK.
We are open from 8.30am until 5.30pm, 7 days a week.
Located in Exmouth on the Exe Estuary by the railway station, Edge Watersports offers tuition in a wide range of kitesports and watersports as well as stocking a wide range of sports products and surf clothing including Roxy, Quicksilver, O’Neil and Billabong.
Edge is owned and run by Steph and Eric Bridge who have over 30 years of combined watersports experience behind them. The tuition on offer at Edge is second to none and the schools are British Kitesurfing Association recognised for kitesurfing and powerkiting.
Edge have a hugely knowledgeable team who come from a wide range of backgrounds and can help guide you through any watersport and they pride themselves on welcoming everyone with a friendly non elitist attitude and giving the best advice to ensure you get the best tuition and the best, most suitable products.
Due to the huge popularity of walking routes in South Devon, The Ramblers and South Devon District Council have partnered up to create these new routes for you to enjoy:
Check out some fantastic walks and rambles available in the South Devon surrounding areas, explore the stunning beauty and the quaint shops.
Check out www.ramblers.org.uk for some great routes.
Hire a boat
Boats can be hired all-round the coast, but nowhere can mackerel hunting be enjoyed quite as effortlessly as from the lovely old fishing village of Beer in East Devon.
Located in a gorgeous cove on the Jurassic Coast, you can wander down the slipway and hire a small motor boat kitted out with rods and hand reels. The charter will give you a few tips and off you go – trawl with the handlines out, cast a line, or simply bob around in Lyme Bay, soaking up the sun and the unique scenery. Keep your catch and cook it up at home.
Deep sea fishing
If small-craft and rock angling doesn't float your boat, try some deep-water sea fishing with various charters, who are happy to take groups up to 20 miles off shore from the Devon coast.
You can try your hand at everything from reef to wreck fishing, and species you can expect to hook include bass, cod, pollock, ray, sole, plaice, conger eel, mackerel and shark.
Should you be so lucky to catch a shark, they are tagged and returned to the wild, but you can take the rest home and cook them.
Beach Casting or Kayak fishing.
National Nature Reserve - Dawlish Warren
Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve is a 1 and 1/2 mile long sandspit/beach which runs along the mouth of the Exe Estuary.
While Dawlish Warren is well known as a traditional holiday resort, it's most valuable ecological asset appears outside of the summer months... the descent of thousands of wildfowl and wading birds who use the mudflats to feed, overwinter, and visit on migration.
In addition to the beaches and mudflats, the Warren has freshwater pools, herb-rich grasslands, woodland and reedbeds and even amateur birders are likely to spot a species that will make the trip worthwhile. If you're lucky you may see a short-eared Owl, a flock of Brent Geese, or maybe a Cirl Bunting.
The Exe estuary supports a wealth of habitats and if you are a birdwatcher then you will not be disappointed. The area is a traditional stopping point for migratory birds, including Avocets, Curlews, Lapwings, and Brent Geese. So pack your binoculars and see which birds you can spot.
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