In Devon we do two things really well; we all know that Devon offers beautiful scenery for kayaking trips, we also know that Devon produces excellent local food, in particular cream teas, so what could be better than combining the two! www.devonheavenhampers.co.uk not only sells Devon cream tea hampers online, but is an expert resource for all things Devonshire cream tea related, producing a map of 50 of the best cream teas in Devon. With summer approaching they’ve provided us with this list of 5 kayaking trips in South Devon where you can pick up a cream tea along the way.
Trip 1 Exeter Quay to Salmonpool loop
Paddle down the River Exe from Exeter Quay over Trews & Salmonpool weir before portaging to the canal and back (map). Near where the canal meets the river is The Welcome Café which offers a selection of homemade cakes including a Devonshire cream tea for £5.50. The café is not far from AS Watersports so afterwards you can pop in to check out the latest kit.
Trip 2 Slapton to Blackpool Sands
Starting from Slapton Sands head 3 miles up the coast to Blackpool Sands, one of South Devon’s finest beaches. Relax on the beach and enjoy a cream tea from the Venus Beach Café before heading back to Slapton.
Trip 3 Bolham Weir to Bickleigh
After the 6 mile trip from Bolham to Bickleigh consisting largely of slow moving water and a number of weirs, stop in at Bickleigh Mill an 18th century historic working water Mill. Enjoy two homemade scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream, with a pot of tea for one for £4.95 overlooking Bickleigh Weir after a hard paddle.
Trip 4 Dart Estuary, Totnes to Kingswear
You need to ensure you’re going with the tide for this beautiful 8-10 mile paddle from Totnes to Kingswear. Partway along the estuary is the secluded village of Stoke Gabriel, famous for its mill pond and crab fishing. Right next to the waters edge is the River Shack Café where you can enjoy homemade scones overlooking the estuary before continuing with the trip.
Trip 5 Topsham to Turf Locks loop
From Topsham paddle down the river towards the estuary opening and then bear right towards the Turf locks hotel, which makes for an excellent refreshment stop in summer. Then paddle back up the canal to Topsham (map). After you get out at Topsham Quay head for Route 2 Café, who feature on our Top 50 Creams Teas in Devon guide