Long River Exe Cruise
Enjoy a leisurely and long version of our classic River Exe Cruise
Travelling a little further up the river we indulge ourselves on the continually quiet and peaceful waters in our Long River Exe Cruise.
Always beautiful, these cruises are the best way to see the stunning scenery, wildlife and nature of this award-winning river.
Departing from Exmouth Marina, we travel on tranquil waters past Powderham Castle before pausing at Topsham Quay to begin the return journey home.
With indoor heated lower decks with huge windows for great viewing and outside upper decks with plenty of fresh air, this is the effortlessly relaxing way to experience the beauty of this area – whatever the weather!
Sailing: Times vary – check the timetable
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Groups of 15 or more: £8.50
Rising in Simonsbath on Exmoor, the River Exe is the longest river in Devon. Running for more that 50 miles and up to one mile wide in stretches between Tiverton and Exeter before it meets the sea in Exmouth.
The river is nationally celebrated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest as an important habitat for wading and migrating birds. Also, as a selected RAMSAR site, the wetlands are designated to be of international importance for its nature and wildlife. This spectacular stretch of water is a birdwatcher’s paradise and many people travel to see species such as avocets, curlews, teal, oystercatchers, redshanks, and plovers that visit during the winter months. One of our favourite sights on the water has to be the resident seals, on our cruises we frequently see them enjoying the area for its food and sunbathing hotspots!
As such a large area of water, the river is also commonly used for water sports especially kite surfing, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing.
Over recent years, the river has become famous for its nationally award-winning floating restaurant, the River Exe café. Only accessible by water taxi during the Summer months, the café has gained an incredible reputation for its wide range of locally sourced food that can be enjoyed surrounded by the amazing panoramic views.
As circular cruises that depart and arrive back to Exmouth Marina, these are easily accessible for manual wheelchairs. Our crew are always on hand to assist with boarding and are happy to help with any other requirements for the duration of the cruise.
During each trip, your Captain will give you live, informative and enjoyable commentary, ensuring that you get to see everything this beautiful river has to offer.
Our boats each have a fully licenced bar on board serving a range of local ales and gin, alongside a range of hot and cold refreshments and snacks. Whilst our boats are modern they also keep their traditional features, they are exceptionally clean, well maintained and there are toilets on board.
Locally sourced seasonal produce is available to pre-order throughout the year, a deliciously Devon Cream Tea is perfect for enjoying our Summer days, or some organic hot seasonal soup and roll is a perfect accompaniment when we all want something a little warmer – please let us know at the time of booking!
Sailing through most months of the year, our Long River Exe Cruises are a great way to take some extra time to relax and experience the gorgeousness of this corner of the world!