TOPSHAM, Devon

Topsham is an attractive town on the Exe estuary, Devon, in England's Westcountry. Now part of Exeter, it nevertheless maintains a distinctive identity. Loved by its locals, and savoured by those who visit, Topsham offers river walks; wildlife; a Saturday morning market; many characterful shops, restaurants and inns; and quiet space to sit and watch the sailing boats go by. But while present-day Topsham is undoubtedly picturesque and has a rich historical heritage, it always has been a working town. Despite no longer being one of the great trading ports of Britain, it continues to have a very strong business and commercial life, with traditional maritime trades continuing alongside the modern and computerised. The site aims to support and encourage the current and future community, so that the history which awaits us may be just as interesting and rewarding.

Topsham - looking north from Quay

Dave Brooks: round-the-world rower

From the Exeter Express & Echo: Rower Dave is still going strong in bid to conquer oceans.

Intrepid rower Dave Brooks is now into the second week of his record-breaking attempt to cross the world's two largest oceans. Dave, from Topsham, is tackling some of the world's wildest sea conditions in a bid to row 13,000 miles solo around the globe — the furthest anyone has rowed in a single expedition.

For background and continuing progress reports, see Dave's website davebrookssolo.co.uk and his weblog.

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