GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Topsham Goat Walk

2 miles (3.2 km)

This lovely circular walk around Topsham visits the popular Goat Walk and the deligthful Bowling Green Marsh Nature Reserve. It's a very pretty area with views of the Exe Estuary and some excellent bird watching opportunites.
The walk starts at Topsham Quay and heads south along the river to the Topsham Museum. The noteworthy museum is located in one of a set of 17th century buildings looking out over theExe Estuary. It consists of furnished period rooms, displays of the local history of the town and memorabilia ofVivien Leigh, the film star.
Soon after you pass the museum you come to the start of the Goat Walk. The narrow path runs along the river with a number of pretty cottages and fine views across the estuary. There's several benches along the way so you can relax and enjoy the views.
At Riversmeet House you turn east to enter the RSPB Bowling Green Marsh Nature Reserve which sits at the confluence of theRiver Exeand theRiver Clyst. In the reserve there are some nice trails to follow with birds such as avocets, lapwing and little egrets to look out for on the way. The site includes abird hideon the marshes and a viewing platform, reached by steps.
The walk follows Bowling Green Road through the reserve towards the Clyst where you can follow Monmouth Street back to the Quay.
After your walk you can enjoy refreshments at the quayside Lighter Inn. There's a nice outdoor seating area where you can soak up the atmosphere of the quay in the summer months.
The Exe Estuary Trail passes through Topsham so you could pick up this excellent shared cycle and walking path to continue your walk. Heading south will take you to Exton and the village of Lympstone. It's another attractive riverside village which includes an Italianate riverfront brick clock tower built around 1885. If you head north you'll soon come into the city of Exeter.


EX3 0HZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Topsham quay and the Lighter Inn - - 136915

Topsham quay and the Lighter Inn. Note the old "Kings Beam" to the left of the blue hulled boat, in front of the Inn. This was the weighing beam for Customs purposes. Her Majesty's Customs address to this day is still Kingsbeam House, London.

Ferry Road from Topsham Quay - - 265178

Ferry Road from Topsham Quay. Looking away from the River Exe to the point where Ferry Road heads away from the bottom of Fore Street.

Topsham from Goat Walk - - 1437446

Topsham from Goat Walk

Goat Walk, Topsham - - 1313999

Goat Walk, Topsham. These benches give a not too comfortable place to sit and enjoy great views across the River Exe.

Cyclamen by the Goat Walk, Topsham - - 264757

Cyclamen by the Goat Walk, Topsham. In a narrow belt of woodland that runs beside the Goat Walk between the Strand and Riversmeet House.

Bowling Green Lane, Topsham - - 462586

Bowling Green Lane. Bowling Green Lane is a small road that skirts the edge of the Bowling Green Marsh RSPB bird sanctuary at the outlet of the River Clyst. It's generally quiet and popular for leisure walks as it only has vehicular access at one end; the other, at Riversmeet House, gives pedestrian access to Topsham via the Goat Walk footpath.

Bowling Green Marsh - - 264749

Bowling Green Marsh taken from the bird hide. The submerged areas follow the lines of drains across the River Clyst flood plain. In the background, the Exeter-Exmouth railway line crosses the river. Beyond, the ground rises to Ebford.

Bowling Green Marsh Nature Reserve (1) - - 1312599

Bowling Green Marsh Nature Reserve. The entrance to the reserve which has been in the care of the RSPB since 1989.


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