Topsham Lock Cottage is now open as a cafe until August Bank Holiday. From September it will be available as a holiday let again.
Located in the Exe Estuary between the river Exe and the historic Exeter Ship Canal, directly opposite Topsham in East Devon, this quirky place offers quite a unique holiday opportunity. Remote in some ways yet Topsham is right there on the other side of the ferry crossing and Exeter a few miles away along a popular and car-free cycle path.
Wildlife is abundant all around the cottage — particularly birds — and it is a great place for bird watching. The new Exe Estuary Cycle Trail (part of National Cycle Route 2) runs along the canal 100 m from the cottage and is an ideal way to access the cottage. Paths for walkers run on both sides of the canal as well as across Exminster Marshes. The South West Coastal Path is only a few miles further out the estuary. For kayak/canoeists there are steps to the river on one side of the cottage and canal landing platforms on the other. The scenery around the cottage is lovely and could inspire artists — a great place to stay while doing paintings. Fishing in the canal is also very popular and day passes can be bought.
This is the holiday opportunity for those who are not or who want a break from being dependant on a car – also an ideal hideaway for a couple. You can arrive by car; leave it in the canal side car park, 10 min walk from the cottage or possibly park the car in Topsham and take the little ferry across the river, arriving right by the cottage. The ferry operates 6 days a week in the summer half of the year, weekends only in the winter – and day time only. You can also arrive by bus or train to Topsham, by bike, by foot, by boat…
On the radio
I was interviewed by Vic Morgan of the BBC for a slot on The Late Show on BBC Radio Devon, which was broadcast on Thursday 12th August 2010. Here it is in case you missed it: