River Exe

River Exe

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River Licensing Information

Licence Required?

No licence required

Grade: 1-2 with numerous weirs

On the River Exe note the large weirs between Bickleigh Bridge and Haven Banks Quay.

Rising near Simonsbath on Exmoor in Somerset, the River Exe is a beautiful paddle through largely untouched countryside. Flowing south from the source for around 60 miles, the river reaches the sea at the Exe estuary.

The change of scenery from sparse Exmoor countryside through to tidal estuary and mudflats provide a range of environments for paddlers to experience.

What to look out for on the River Exe

Look out for low tides as they expose mud flats which are home to a variety of wading birds. For any twitchers out there, this estuary stretch is a great place for a tidal paddle!

The river is also popular with fishermen due to its booming population of many fish including the wild brown trout.

It doesn’t have much in the way of high graded rapids, but there are several stretches of easier white water ranging from flat, fast slowing sections to grade 2-3 sections. If you’re looking for playspots, Flowerpots weir and Four Pynes are popular squirt boating spots.

There are also some weirs which can be shot or portaged. Just check the water level before you set out for a paddle