Saturday, 2 September 2017
Topsham Turf Ferry and Otter ale
A weekend trip on the Topsham Turf Ferry, across to the Turf Hotel, a popular pub by the Exeter canal and the River Exe.
The 15 minute ferry ride is a pretty one and gives a good view of Topsham, the one-time port for Exeter.
There's no direct road to the pub and most people will walk, cycle or come along the river.
I enjoyed a casual burger and a pint of Otter served outdoors, although there was plenty on offer from the kitchen like the tasty sea bass, scallops and trimmings, on this occasion washed down with a late summer Pimms.
The pub is on National Cycle Route 2, which is very well signposted from the pub leading towards Dawlish in one direction and Exeter in the other. It will eventually run all the way from St Austell to Dover, some 361 miles.
Another section of the same cycle route runs along by the end of our new road as it weaves its way along both sides of the River Exe, and there's plenty of cyclists of all kinds using it.
But we were boat passengers this time, although soon to be back by cycle.