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

New Topsham ferry

"Shimmer", the new Topsham Ferry
As reported in various local papers - for instance, New ferry launched today - the new Topsham ferry (named Shimmer, apparently by schoolchildren) went into service on Wednesday 13th April. It runs on the same route as the old, from the Ferry Road slipway opposite the Passage House Inn to the canal bank near Topsham Lock. Upgraded to serve increased traffic with the opening of the Route 2 cycle route, it can carry six to eight bicycles and 12 passengers. It's highly stable and has side door access (no more precarious clambering); the ferryman, Mike Stevens, told me he was delighted with it.

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