Accessibility at Exminster and Powderham Marshes

Summary accessibility statement

How to get here

By train

Exeter Central and Exeter St Davids stations are just over five miles (7 km) away. Complete the journey from Exeter bus station; take the Number 2 Exeter to Teignmouth bus (see bus information).

By bus

There is a regular bus service (Number 2 Exeter - Dawlish Warren - Dawlish - Teignmouth - Newton Abbot). The Swan's Nest stop is close to the Swans Nest roundabout at the southern end of Exminster. From the Swans Nest roundabout, it's a five-minute walk down Station Road past Swans Nest Inn to the RSPB car park.

By bike

Adjacent to the National Cycle Network Route 2.

By road

On the west side of the Exe, on the outskirts of Exminster, Exminster Marshes nature reserve is at grid ref: SX954872. At the southern end of Exminster village take the Station Road exit from the Swans Nest roundabout off the A379. Go past the Swans Nest Inn and over the railway bridge. The lane to the RSPB car park is then immediately to the right (signposted). Powderham Marsh nature reserve (SX953871) is accessed from the car park at the rear of the Swans Nest Inn (by kind permission.

Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.

Other ways to get there

The summer foot ferry links Topsham (and our Bowling Green Marsh hide and The RSPB Shop at Darts Farm) with these reserves.

Access to facilities

Car parking
30 spaces
5 Blue Badge spaces

Uneven gravel surface.

Nature trails access

All paths, unsurfaced and uneven grass, except section of canal path which is paved, but accessed via a reasonably steep incline.

Viewing points
  • Fixed bench and viewing slots including at a lower level at the viewing screen at Exminster.
  • Non-RSPB viewing platform accessed from canal path has no seating and low viewing slots
  • Viewing platform at the end of Powderham nature trail, overlooks reserve, Exe estuary and beyond with two seats and two small steps to access it.
  • Registered Assistance dogs are welcome, other dogs on public roads and footpaths only.
  • Please keep dogs on leads at all times to limit disturbance to wildlife and grazing animals.
  • No dogs allowed at Powderham Marshes as this is a permissive rather than public footpath.