Exe Estuary Trail: Exmouth to Lympstone

About this route

Exmouth to Lympstone is just one section of the Exe Estuary Trail, a multi-use route being built by Devon County Council. Both Exmouth and Lympstone are on the Avocet Rail line with a regular half-hourly service, so you can walk further or catch a train back to the start.

Getting Around

Parking at Imperial Road, Exmouth close to the Leisure Centre.

Stations at both ends.

Refreshments and toilets in both Exmouth and Lympstone.
The Trail is surfaced throughout and is flat and easy walking, suitable for all users. The route is also a cycle track so you will need to be on the lookout for enthusiastic cyclists.
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Interesting information

With miles of cycle paths and footpaths and exceptional and ever-changing views, the Exe Estuary is a destination that can be explored again and again.  It is one of the most important estuaries in Europe for wildlife, particularly birds, and has several international designations.

On this stretch, you can look across to Dawlish Warren which is an essential high tide roosting site for the many thousands of birds that migrate to the estuary each winter.  They feed and rest on these areas during high tide and then move back onto the rich mud flats, to feed on worms, snails and shellfish, which are revealed by the falling tide.

Photo of walkers on the Exe Estuary Trail looking through binoculars
Exe Estuary Trail Exmouth to Lympstone Credit: Guy Richardson

You can explore more in this area

Photo of a curlew in grassland

Exminster Marshes (The Exe Estuary)

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Part of the Exe Estuary, Exminster Marshes is an area of international importance for wintering waders and wildfowl.

The area consists of…