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Winter is a great time for train travel in and around our beautiful country with warm carriages welcoming you to watch the scenic outdoors whoosh by as you settle down with your plans for the day.  I love the idea of setting off towards a destination with purpose but with the possibility of a detour for some retail therapy or coffee with a friend on the way.  The Exeter to Exmouth line allows you to do just that. With trains running as frequently as every half an hour from central Exeter (St Davids) we are quickly enjoying views of the Exe estuary, farm land and sheep peacefully grazing. Topsham is first on my list of stops as i love this little historic town with it’s inviting selection of eclectic shops and cafés. It’s easy to persuade a friend to meet me for a browse and a catch up. If you are feeling up to it a walk along the estuary blows the cobwebs away after a ‘good food’ pub lunch choice in one of the many historic establishments in town.  Back on board the train trundles further south, hugging the estuary which teems with birdlife and often with sailing boats or even kite surfers on a blustery day.  The colourful sails looping about in the sky.  It’s only a short journey to Exmouth’s station which is conveniently located in the centre of town. Check return train times with the friendly station master or stay for a night or two to explore what Exmouth, the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast and neighbouring villages have to offer before heading back to the city.  The half an hour rail trip transports you into another world.

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