There’s an RSPB shop and visitor centre at
the Darts Farm shopping village, just outside
Topsham and close to Bowling Green Marsh
which overlooks the Clyst. At Darts Farm,
there’s also an award-winning farm shop,
delicatessen, butchers and various shops.
The RSPB organises regular cruises on the
River Exe from November through to March
each year. RSPB guides are present on each
sailing so the cruises are excellent fun for
beginners and experts alike. Details of the
forthcoming cruises, which start from Trout’s
boatyard in Topsham, can be found on the
Stuart Line Cruises also organises Guided
Bird Watching Cruises. The cruises last around
3 hours and include commentary.
The National Trust often hosts events,
including family muck-in days and
countryside ranger days. Lower Halsdon
Farm is a tenanted farm which overlooks
the Exe Estuary, owned by The National
Trust, and its tea garden offers a selection of
refreshments between 11am and 4.30pm on
every Saturday and Sunday throughout the
summer, until the end of September.
The East Devon Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty
(AONB) landscape is characterised
by intimate wooded combes, vast areas
of heathland, fertile river valleys and
breathtaking coastal and hilltop views.
It includes the East Devon section of the
Jurassic Coast - England’s first natural World
East Devon Pebblebed Heaths are managed
by the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust,
a conservation charity established by Clinton
Devon Estates in 2006 to manage this unique
wildlife habitat situated close to Exmouth.
Designated a Site of Special Scientific
Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and a
Special Protection Area, this area represents
one of the most important conservation sites
A Walker’s Guide is available covering just a
few of the walking options, and the annual
Heath Week Family Festival at Woodbury
Common offers lots of opportunities to
celebrate the beautiful heathland landscapes
of East Devon.
Several gardens in the local vicinity are open
as part of either the National Garden Scheme
or the Hospiscare Open Gardens Scheme.
Further details can be found online at:
Featured in Alan Titchmarsh’s top 10 ‘most
challenging gardens’, The Lookout is a
seaside garden which runs down to the
foreshore of the Exe Estuary in Lympstone.
Created from a derelict 1920s shellfish
purification station, The Lookout is open as
part of the National Garden Scheme.
Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural
history, these magnificent, grade 1 listed
gardens are set in the picturesque Otter
Valley, just a short drive from Exmouth.
The landscaped park combines 18th century
tranquillity with modern amenities to
provide year-round enjoyment for everyone
of all ages including historic glasshouses, a
countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland
Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini
golf, indoor and outdoor children’s play
complexes, restaurant and shop. Bicton’s
picnic concerts are always well attended.