Located at the narrow point of the River Exe, which feeds into the English Channel, the little village of Topsham sits looking out over sail boats. After weeks of big cities and disappointing English breakfasts, a bus ride into Topsham from Exeter is just the break that travellers need. The best four things about Topsham can be summed up in a handy mnemonic: the 4 B’s. (I’m in full out study mode, sorry – you’re all victims of it now!)
Take a walk on the boardwalk! Topsham’s boardwalk network offers calming views of cows and the countryside, and let you wander in designated areas to view the nature conservancy zones and learn about the wildlife. Use the viewing boxes to imagine yourself as a farmer in the south of England!
Eat anything (or everything) at The Lighter Inn and of course have a pint. Sit by the bar and stay warm, or by the window and watch the little bitty boats come in and dock.
There are, as I mentioned, a number of sweet little sail boats that wander in and out of the harbour and look absolutely nothing like red double decker buses or tiny discount airlines and make you think you could actually be on holiday and not on some kind of budget round the world gap year adventure.
If you are mildly athletic – as in, the opposite of me – you could rent a bicycle and ride along these gorgeous trails, which is really the best part of Topsham, if an oasis by the sea, only a forty minute bus ride from Exeter with little boats, hearty and delicious lunches and boardwalks don’t do it for you.