Saddles and Paddles

4 Kings Wharf, The Quay, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4AN

Tel: 01392 424241

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Saddles & Paddles offers bike, canoe and kayak hire for all the family, from Exeter Quay. We are also a fully functioning bike shop, for sales, accessories and repairs. Located on Exeter’s historic quayside, we are just a 5 minute walk from the city centre.

The shop is easy to reach by foot, bike or by public transport. You can park nearby at the Cathedral & Quay car park or use Exeter’s Park & Ride services.

Canoe, kayak or cycle down the canal, with two pubs en route (Double Locks & Turf Locks)
Range of bikes (inc trailers, child seats & tag-alongs for families, as well as electric bikes) to explore Exeter and the Exe Estuary Trail – a traffic-free leisure route from Exeter to Exmouth & Dawlish.
Hire by the hour, half day, whole day or longer.
Try-before-you-buy service, to allow families to go for a test ride before buying bikes or equipment. Get a refund of the hire cost off the purchase price.

Open 7 days a week, 9am - 6pm (bike hire 09.30am to 5.30pm and boat hire 10am to 5pm). All boat users must be able to swim 25m unaided. Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

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      Road Directions

      From M5:Leave M5 at junction 30. Follow signs to Exeter city centre. You will also follow brown & white tourist signs labelled the Historic Quayside and displaying the anchor logo.From A38:Join A30 travelling towards Okehampton. Take first turning off towards Exeter A337. You will also follow the brown & white tourist signs labelled Historic Quayside.There is no parking on quayside - use cathedral or quay carparks. You will find Saddles & Paddles in a former warehouse cellar on the Quayside, between the Prospect Inn & the 'On the Waterfront' restaurant.

      Public Transport Directions

      Exeter is serviced with a rail line from all areas.



      • Assistance Dogs
      • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities - There are steps down into the business and is therefore not accessible to visitors in wheelchairs, however they will accommodate all customers as best they can (such as assisting on the doorstep)

      Establishment Features

      • Dog Friendly - Dogs are welcome in the shop and in our canoes!
      • Toilets - There are public toilets on Exeter Quay just 40 metres from the shop.

      Key Features

      • In town/city centre - We are surrounded by a wide range of independent businesses on Exeter Quay, including cafes, pubs and restaurants.

      Special Offers

      • 10% student discount on boat hire from September 2021, plus discounted rate for bike hire, view the prices here.

        Exeter Student Offers - redeem this special offer immediately

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      Opening Times

      All Year (1 Jan 2024 - 1 Jan 2025)

      * Open 7 days a week*, 9am - 6pm (bike hire 09.30am to 5.30pm and boat hire 10am to 5pm). All boat users must be able to swim 25m unaided. Booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment; no advance payment required with the exception of groups.* Closed on Wednesdays in winter from Nov to April. 


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