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River Exe - Easier than some have suggested and well worth a visit.
Written by Robin Adams | 2nd Jul 2013
Do not be put off by some of the descriptions here of this being a difficult entrance. This entrance is manageable by anybody of modest experience - and no more intimidating than Dartmouth or Salcombe. Yes there are currents up to 5 knots in the area outside the harbour, but so can there be in the Solent (which people don't seem to get so worried about). The Lower Exe has 700 boat moorings, most of whom seem to go in and out freely without problems. We have a sailing boat moored in the Exe capable of motoring at 5 - 6 knots and we go through the entrance without hesitation both with the tide and against the tide. We normally stick with HW+/-3hrs, but if truth be known, we could get in/out at LW on neaps. Contrary to another poster on this site, the sand banks do not move rapidly or frequently, There was a change in the entrance channel 4 or 5 years ago, but it seems to have remained fairly much the same since.
When approaching the channel coming in, find the fairway buoy and you will then see the clearly marked channel taking you in towards the beach. Stay in the middle of the channel and all will be well. The channel turns slightly to port to run parallel to the beach. The chanel buoys are more spread out here, but easily spotted. Yes the beach is often a lee shore, but its a sandy beach - and it's nice to be able to watch the children playing on the beach as you come along this section. Once you reach the end of the beach you pass the harbour entrance (where there is a strong tidal stream, but plenty of space and you can normally avoid the fastest flowing section by going further over towards the Warren if need be). The main channel turns sharply to the West at the harbour entrance and from here you follow the channel markers to your destination.
Once in the Exe there is a large expanse of water to explore, starting with the town of Exmouth http://www.exmouth-guide.co.uk, the sandy Dawlish Warren, the wonderful floating River Exe Cafe http://riverexecafe.com, Starcross, the extremely nice Turf Hotel (Pub) with gardens overlooking the river and visitor moorings you can swing on overnight and the delightful town of Topsham with several rather nice pubs.
Enjoy your visit
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Written by dononshytalk | 24th Jan 2013
The harbour notes for Exemouth & the river Exe were updated by Don T on the 24th of January 2013. The significant change here is the approach channel. The description now on this site (Jan 2013) was checked and rewritten in consultation with the person responsible for laying the buoys and can be relied upon. Prices and links have been checked for 2013.
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Written by Paul Fay Marine Surveys | 18th May 2012
We have visited the canal for short stays twice now. It is a really nice place but far from any shops which are a bike ride away. The minimum stay is two days and reasonably priced. Cost £10.60 a day for 40 foot yacht. The canal office telephone number is 01392 274306. Phone ahead to arrange entry. There are good visitors moorings outside. Electricity and water are available as are showers.
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exmouth and river exe , canal entry
Written by clare | 26th Sep 2011
If this is your first visit then proceed carefully this estuary can be very deceiving , depth can rise and fall very quickly making running aground and long waits for high tide a all to often story for those who havent checked upto date charts(the very latest).
Fast flowing estuary causing fast shifting sand bars , so do not take short cuts. Watch tides, this estuary runs almost dry daily so be warned.
This is a great place especially further down into canal area some great secluded areas for overnighting etc , well worth the trip ,just plan journey well dont take chances.
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