River Exe

Things To Do in Lympstone and Exmouth

Here at The Swan Inn, we welcome visitors from all over. Our bar has a lot of regular event, from televised rugby and football to live bands and tapas nights. But we’re also proud to present a few recommendations if you’re in the area and looking for a brilliant day out.

So, without further ado, here’s 5 recommendations from us to our lovely customers:

1. The Foreshore and the River Exe

Take a stroll down to the shore of the River Exe and see the beautiful sights on offer. There’s local history and architecture in the form of Peters Tower, which is a listed building and clocktower from Victorian times. But there’s also a lot happening in the present.

There’s plenty of fresh air and walking potential, plus the range of birdlife in the estuary provides and ongoing source of delight. Birdwatching is easy as the local avian communities constantly flock to the river to see what it has washed up or left behind. It’s a simple and pocket-friendly way to enjoy what life has to offer!

2. World of Country Life

This wonderful amusement park is less than 15 minutes away by car and provides a great day out for all the family. From the museum of farming to ferret and duck racing, there’s something for all ages here.

You can play with the animals in the pet centre and the kids can let loose in the soft play area. Plus you can see majestic birds of prey at the Hawkridge Birds of Prey display that is included in your ticket price as standard. Amazing stuff!

3. Exmouth Beach

Whether you want to sun yourself in summer, or take an invigorating stroll when the weather is less lovely, Exmouth Beach is an ideal destination. You’ll find golden sandy beaches with a promenade of almost two miles that offers nice views of the River Exe and the English Channel.

You’ll find rockpools – where you can hunt for crabs – and there are a variety of different paid activities including river cruises. It’s just 10 minutes from us in the car, and there’s plenty of parking unless the weather is particularly great!

4. Cycling on the Exe Estuary Trail

The Exe Estuary Trail was finally completed in November 2014 and offers more than 20 miles of largely off-road walking for those who enjoy a spin. The route isn’t too taxing – you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to navigate it – and there are spectacular views when you want to take a break.

We’ve heard visitors describe it as a “must-do” for cycling enthusiasts, and many locals consider themselves blessed to live in an area of such natural beauty. Plus, there’s rumoured to be a particularly decent bar-restaurant in the area for when you’re finished. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

5. Exmouth Museum

The museum is run by friendly and enthusiastic local volunteers. It’s a superb insight into Exmouth’s past from prehistoric fossils, through maritime and rail history, to local archaeology, notable visitors, and local characters. Small and affordable, it’s a real hidden gem.

It’s ten minutes away from us by car, and sits a short walk away from the beach and esplanade. It’s well worth a trip for family members of all ages. Exmouth Museum is an ideal way to while away an hour or two.

If you need more suggestions on things to do, pop in for a quick refreshment and ask us for a recommendation.

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