Enjoy a saddle and paddle adventure in Exeter

Exeter, Devon

With historic canals and West Country scenery at its finest, it’s essential that you see as much of Exeter as possible.

And forget trains, planes, and automobiles, go green and take out a bike and boat.

On Exeter’s quayside, you’ll find Saddles and Paddles where you can hire a whole host of bikes, canoes and kayaks perfect for your adventure. When it comes to bikes, they’ve got everything from touring models to tandems (ideal for lovebirds).

We recommend the trekking bikes– it’s all about those comfy seats.For families, there are small bicycles that attach to mummy or daddy’s bike, so the little ones can enjoy all your hard work. When it comes to exploring the canals, there are double kayaks with additional kiddy seats or the easy to paddle Canadian canoes making for a perfect family day out.

Once you’ve made your selection, it’s time to hit the river or canal towpaths and head towards the coast. Ask nicely and those friendly chaps and chapesses at Saddles and Paddles will give you a map of the best routes.For the ultimate aqua experience, paddle the canal which runs alongside the Exe Estuary.

With non-tidal waters it’s calm enough for you to take in the wildlife that flaps, bounces and swims around you.You’ll be happy to hear that there are two great pubs along the way for well-deserved refreshment breaks. Cheers.

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For more local tourist information:

  • Exeter Tourist Information Centre
  • Email Address tic@exeter.gov.uk
  • Contact Details 01392 665700

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Couple canoeing along the quays, ExeterCouple canoeing along the quays, Exeter © VisitEngland/Tony Cobley
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