River Exe

The Stuart Line runs Bird Watching Cruises in the winter months:

Starting in Exmoor, the River Exe is Devon’s main river.  Flowing for more than 50 miles and up to one mile wide in places it ambles through Tiverton and Exeter before it meets the sea in Exmouth.

The river has played an important role in its history, dating back to when the Romans arrived in Exeter in 50AD and turned it into a stronghold simply because it is the lowest point where the river could be crossed.

During the winter months the river is transformed as it becomes a haven for thousands of wading and migrating birds.   It is nationally renowned as a Site of Special Scientific Interest as an important habitat for these birds.   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.

Also, as a selected RAMSAR site, the wetlands are designated to be of international importance for its nature and wildlife.

The river is also commonly used for water sports especially kite surfing, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing all who make the most of this large area of water.

As our Winter River Exe Cruises are circular cruises that depart and arrive back to Exmouth Marina, they 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 Skipper 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.   A complimentary cup of tea or coffee is included on all of our Winter River Cruises.

Maintaining their traditional features, our boats are also modern, exceptionally clean and well maintained and toilets are also on each vessel.   We have indoor heated lower decks with large panoramic windows for great viewing and outdoor upper decks with cosy blankets with plenty of fresh air.

Species seen River Exe Feb 2019


Stuart Line Cruises