"Exe to Axe: Story of East Devon"
Gerald Gosling


"The Dorset and East Devon Coast is beautiful, but the main reason for its inscription on the World Heritage List is its unique insight into the Earth Sciences."
Denys Brunsden, The Official Guide to the Jurassic Coast, 2003


"Adventurous walking tastes are as varied as Devon's many landscapes and therin lies the appeal of this marvellous country."
Alan Hobbs, Kate Hobbs, David Hitt, Carol Hitt, Walk Devon


"The longer one stays here the more does the spirit of the moor sink into one's soul, its vastness, and also its grim charm."
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles, 2007


"East Devon (British Railways Past & Present) "
David Mitchell


"Exploring Green Lanes and the Stories They Tell - South and South-East Devon"
Valerie Belsey


"East Devon Pebblebed Heaths: 240 Million Years in the Making"
Andrew Cooper


"East Devon at War (Britain in Old Photographs)"
Ted Gosling, Roy Chapple


"Short Circular Walks in East Devon"
John N. Merrill


"Exmouth Through Time"
Christopher K. Long


Exmouth has a good number of traditional English sports clubs


Exmouth has all the usual amateur sports clubs you would expect to find in any town in England. In many cases, it has two of them. For example, Exmouth has two rugby clubs, two football clubs, and two lawn green bowls clubs. In contrast, the town has only one cricket club, one lawn tennis club, one swimming and life-saving club, and one running club. Of course, no self-respecting seaside town can exist without a sailing club and Exmouth is no exception.

Exmouth Rugby Football Club

Tracing its history back to1873 and known locally as the Cockles, Exmouth RFC is the larger of the Exmouth's two rugby union clubs. Since 1964, the club has been located at the Imperial Ground, close to the estuary shore, and a few minutes walk from the centre of town. The club is one of the few in East Devon regularly able to put out sides at all age groups from under 6 upwards. Therefore, during the rugby season, the Cockle's two pitches are frequently busy most weekends and evenings. Club colours are purple and white hooped shirts with black shorts and socks.

But it is not all rugby, all of the time. On November 5th, the club hosts the town's impressive, annual fireworks display, and in the off-season the ground plays host to various activities from caravan and motor home exhibitions to beer festivals.

I still remember losing very heavily at Exmouth, the one time I played there. It was one of the last games I played for Honiton U19 colts, the ground was very hard, and as a result, the screw threads from the studs on my old, worn-out, boots started coming through the soles into the bottom of my feet. These days, I find it much more comfortable to sit in the stand, sipping coffee, and watching my son do the running around on the pitch.

Withycombe Rugby Football and Recreation Club

Located at Raleigh Park, at the bottom of Hulham Road, Withycombe is the smaller of the Exmouth's two rugby clubs. The club was founded in 1924 in the village of Withycombe Raleigh. Like other small villages and hamlets in the area, Withycombe has long since been subsumed into a greatly expanded Exmouth.

The club runs two senior teams and recently started a junior programme. The clubs colours are green and black.

Exmouth Town Football Club

Playing in the Southwest Peninsula League, Exmouth Town was originally founded in 1933, moving to their current location at Southern Road in 1964. According to Wikipedia, the highlight of the club's existence to date was making it to the FA Vase semi-finals in the 1984-85 season. Despite high hopes of making the final at Wembley, their semi-final opponents, Fleetwood Town were too strong over the two legs and won 4-3 on aggregate.

Exmouth Amateurs Football Club

Well hidden, just around the corner from the Exmouth Town ground, Exmouth Amateurs Football club plays its football at Warren View Sports Ground. Formed in 1958, the team originally played at The Imperial Recreation ground, moving to Warren View in 1992. The club has two senior teams and a very popular junior section including girls teams for under 11 to under 16 age groups.

Madeira Bowls Club

Located near the cricket club and lawn tennis club on the Maer, the Madeira Bowls Club is one of the largest in Devon with a membership of over three hundred and excellent facilities including three indoor rinks.

Phear Park Bowling Club

The smaller but slightly older Phear Park Bowling Club is located at the top of one of the town's other large, beautiful parks, Phear Park.

Manor Gardens
Close to the centre of town, Manor Gardens is one of Exmouth's pleasant, public parks and a location for a variety of different outdoor events, weather permitting.
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Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society

Volunteers from this excellent club provide high-quality, inexpensive, swimming lessons and coaching for children on Saturday evenings. All three of my boys have benefited greatly from a level of swimming lessons and coaching that were simply unavailable to me when I was their age. With, in addition, the chance to participate in annual competitions and galas, and gain national swimming scheme certificates, and I cannot speak highly enough of the club.

Founded in 1893, the club used to use the old Exmouth Docks before moving to a pupose-built but now long defunct, outdoor swimming pool on the seafront. The club has been using the indoor facilities provided at the local sports centre and swimming pool since it opened in 1985.

Exmouth Cricket Club

The Exmouth Cricket Club enjoys an enviable location near the beach, on a strip of land known as the Maer. The old clubhouse is very enjoyable spot to relax with a glass of your favourite tipple on a summer evening as your kids practice their cricket skills, or to watch a match if you enjoy the game. The club's history dates back to 1843, making it one of the oldest, organised sports clubs in the town.

Exmouth Lawn Tennis Club

The Exmouh Lawn Tennis Club is located next to the cricket ground on the Maer. The club facilities include four grass courts and three hard courts.

In addition to the club, Exmouth has a very good indoor tennis centre, and all weather tennis courts at Phear Park. Both of these facilities and the local sports centre and swimming pool are run by LED Leisure.

Exmouth Harriers

In addition to all the other sports clubs, Exmouth has a running club called the Exmouth Harriers.

Exmouth Hockey Club

Unitl 2007, Exmouth had its own ladies hockey club. However, in 2007, the club merged with Exeter Ladies Hockey Club to form the Exe Hockey Club.

Exe Sailing Club

Lastly, but by no means least, being on the coast and Exe estuary, it would be incongruous of the town not to have a sailing club. In fact, the Exe Sailing Club has been in existence for a hundred years. Based close to the marina (old harbour) in Exmouth, the club promotes all forms of sailing.

"The Dorset and East Devon Coast is beautiful, but the main reason for its inscription on the World Heritage List is its unique insight into the Earth Sciences."
Denys Brunsden, The Official Guide to the Jurassic Coast, 2003

Exmouth
Exmouth is a seaside town in the south west of the England, and my home since 2000. Due to its location on the eastern shore at the mouth of the River Exe, Exmouth is officially part of East Devon, and one of the largest towns in the area. Thousands descend on the town each year to enjoy its beaches, the surrounding countryside, and various water sports.
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The Estuary
Exmouth sits on the eastern shore of the Exe Estuary. The estuary is an important wildlife site. Its mud flats and sand banks provide a home for more than 20,000 birds a year making it a popular location for bird watchers.
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The Beach
Exmouth is the only seaside town in East Devon with a large sandy beach, two miles of golden sand stretching from the Exe estuary to the start of sandstone cliffs at Orcombe Point. At low tide, the sand extends beyond Orcombe Point to Sandy Bay.
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Phear Park
Phear Park is one of the bigger parks in Exmouth with something for everyone, young and old.
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Manor Gardens
Close to the centre of town, Manor Gardens is one of Exmouth's pleasant, public parks and a location for a variety of different outdoor events, weather permitting.
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Woodbury Common
Just above Exmouth lies Woodbury Common, one of seven small commons that lie on ancient geological formations comprising thick layers of rounded pebbles embedded in sand.
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