Cruise the River Exe & Cream Tea
Cruise along the calm and protected waters of the award-winning River Exe whilst enjoying a delicious Devon Cream Tea with oodles of cream and lashings of strawberry jam, all served the right way!
The exact origin of the cream tea is uncertain, though historians have found evidence that a tradition of eating bread with cream and jam existed at Tavistock abbey in Devon in the 11th century. There is a notorious dispute between Devon and Cornwall as to how the cream tea should be taken. The Devon method is to split the scone in two, cover each half with clotted cream, and then add strawberry jam on top and butter should never be included. Don't get it wrong!
And what better place to enjoy this local tradition than on Devon’s longest river, the River Exe. This six-mile cruise travels the peaceful waters up past Powderham Castle and along to where the river ends on Exmouth’s traditional seafront.
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 river is 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 the favourite sights on the water has to be the resident seals, who can often be seen enjoying the area for its food and sunbathing hotspots!
Exeter is an ancient city on the River Exe in southwest England. Dating back to the Roman era, the Exeter City Walls surround its centre and Gothic Exeter Cathedral. Exeter Castle, a Norman landmark, overlooks leafy Northernhay and Rougemont Gardens. To their west, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) displays fine art and costumes. The vaulted, medieval Underground Passages snake beneath the city making this a fascinating city to explore at any time of the year.