Dawlish Travel Guide

  • The Black Swans of Dawlish
    The Black Swans of Dawlish
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    Scenic train Journey...
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  • Red Rock at Dawlish Warren
    Red Rock at Dawlish Warren
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Dawlish Highlights

  • Pro
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     Colourful, Friendly and Reasonably Cheap. 

  • Con
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     beach and new town crowded in summer 

  • In a nutshell
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     Well, Even If It's Raining It's Still Dry In The Pubs! 

Dawlish Things to Do

  • Black Swans

    The black swans of Dawlish although native to Australia were originally introduced to the town at the start of the 20th century from New Zealand by John Nash, a Dawlish-born man who emigrated but returned to the town regularly. The swan has been the town emblem for over forty years. The swans are now managed, together with other waterfowl, by the...

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  • Dawlish Water (aka The Brook)

    Dawlish Brook, also known as Dawlish Water, starts its journey at the little moor of Haldon and running through Ashcombe valley, before reaching the sea at Dawlish Town Beach. On its journey it drops over weirs and under bridges, passing through the Manor Gardens and the Lawn at Dawlish, before joining the sea on the eastern side of the main sea...

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  • Dawlish Warren – Beach Walk

    The Beach Walk is a pedestrianised area leading from the Car Parks to the Beach and includes various shops and activities for all the family and also has lots of choice for eating and drinking.June 2012

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  • On A Wet Windy Day - Pubs #3 and #4

    I actually missed visiting these two as my train was just about to arrive but in-passing both looked well worth dropping into.A useful piece of info is that the Exeter's loos are just off the street and so if you get caught short drop in to do your thing!

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  • If it's your thing...

    ...then Dawlish has a couple of proper gaudy seaside amusement arcades to offer. These have the usual array of games and gaming machines and a couple of kids rides. Not my personal cup-of-tea but something to do on a rainy day if you don't like pubs!

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  • Take A Boat Trip (Weather Permitting!)

    There's a couple of companies here who offer boat trips around the bay and further along the magnificent coastline. The boat trips depart from the breakwater but obviously these are dependent on the weather and tides and so to find out when the next trip is you need to go down to the seawall to enquire.

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  • The Southwest Coastal Path Here

    The coastline both east and west of Dawlish is particularly spectacular with the constantly eroding red Permian rocks providing the backdrop to the path. This section of the SWCP is pretty level as it follows the railway cutting and on a calm day, especially early summer mornings, you can be quite often be treated to a dolphin or two for...

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  • On A Wet Windy Day - Pub #2 - White Hart...

    This is another friendly little local pub on a characterful little street at the top end of the town centre. Excellent beer, friendly landlady and the internal murals make the place worth a visit as part of an arty tour of the town!Aimed more at the younger crowd than this old fuddy-duddy but a nice pub nevertheless!

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  • On A Wet Windy Day - Pub #1 - Teignmouth...

    You know you are at the seaside when you walk into the Teignmouth Inn on a wet, windy day. The pub smells of the sea, or perhaps that was just because all the customers were wet and variously bedraggled (myself included). This is a nice little proper pub with friendly locals, owners and staff and a mooching hound - as I rolled a cigarette (to smoke...

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  • Railway and Terraced Walk

    The terraced walk extends from a little beyond the station alongside the railway to Langstone Cliffs and the Warren providing excellent views and exercise at the same time, throwing in the occasional train spotting.

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  • Amusement arcades

    What can I say about an amusement arcade which hasn't been mentioned already? The one @ Dawlish Warren is no different from any other. It has it's usuel penny slot machines, coin pushers, one armed bandits & games.You can also win prizes by winning vouchers which are in the penny pushing machines, or @ a one armed bandit which is like a fruit...

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  • Dawlish Warren

    Dawlish Warren is more up the Riviera coastline coming to its end point at the Exe estuary that separates it from Exmouth. The beaches are smooth & sandy with patches of grass banks in dunes further inland. The landscape can often offer shelter for bathers during the hot season when the weather hits its peaks. The sea water is a clear blue & moves...

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  • Eating On The Hoof

    It wasn't really an "Eating on the Hoof" day today but this is where I would have snacked if it had been. Fresh local seafood at cheapish prices, eat in or take away! With it being such miserable weather I didn't bother but a tub of local cockles, mussels or whelks (or even better the mixed seafood) would have been just the thing to nibble walking...

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  • Cafes in Dawlish

    • Salters were always recognized as greasy Joes because the food was a bit greasy & the chips were a bit mushy. Jimmy the Greeks at the top of strand hill used to be the greatest. There was the wimpy in Brunswick place & the place on the corner round from Harrison’s used to deep fry their fish fingers & it blew me away as a kid. They were dear &...

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Dawlish Transportation

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    by johngayton Updated Apr 8, 2010

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    ...enjoy this train journey!

    First Great Western runs regular trains from Exeter to Torbay, Plymouth and on to Penzance and all of these pass through Dawlish, though not all stop there. But whether Dawlish is your destination or not this section of trainline, between Starcross and Teignmouth, is one of Britain's most spectacular.

    On a stormy day the rails themselves are awash with the sea as the waves crescend against the sea wall and on a calm day the water looks good enough to tempt you to jump out of the window and go for a swim!

    The red rocks provide a constant backdrop to the sea and as the train exits Dawlish you can see nature at work, constantly changing the coastline. By all accounts this is the most expensive section of railtrack in the country to maintain but your 10 Pound Devon Day Ranger ticket is valid for it!

    This is a nice journey.

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Dawlish Shopping

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    Dawlish beach

    by LouiseTopp Updated Jun 20, 2005

    Animals in distress (charity shop)
    Somerfield
    Woolworth
    Coast to Coast (gifts)
    Cost cutters
    PO
    Libuary (with PC access)
    British Heart Foundation
    Harrisons amusment arcades
    The Station Cafe
    The Strand Diner

    Swan Inn for Jazz has on Wednesdays
    Exeter Inn (in the back street)
    Brunswick
    Ferret and radiator near costcutters

    What to buy: Windchimes made out of seashells

    signs which say
    'FORGET THE DOG, BEWARE OF THE OWNER!'

    Windmills

    sunglasses which are polarised

    T-Towels with 'Devon' all over em

    What to pay: Depends

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Dawlish Warnings and Dangers

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    by johngayton Updated Aug 14, 2009

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    Dawlish is very much a family-orientated "resort" and one of the fun things to do is to take the kids down to the river and feed the birds. But remember that your standard white loaf is full of chemical additives and really isn't suitable for the digestive tracts of wild fowl. So if you want to feed the birds, feed them good quality brown or wholemeal bread - the same should go for your kids eh?

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Dawlish Off The Beaten Path

  • Dawlish Warren Accommodations

    As a family resort the Warren's accommodations are predominantly holiday parks and campsites. The second link below has a pretty comprehensive list of these.For something a little unusual, and especially for train fans, there's the Brunel Camping Coach Park which comprises eight converted railway carriages which have been turned into holiday...

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  • Getting To Dawlish Warren By Train

    The Warren is on the main railway line between Exeter and Plymouth and the branch line to Paignton. Only the Paignton service stops here regularly, roughly hourly, although some other services stop during peak periods. It's only 4 minutes on the train from Dawlish and about 15 minutes from Exeter.The station is located pretty much on the Warren...

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  • Take A Walk To Dawlish Warren

    The resort of Dawlish Warren is about 2 miles north of Dawlish itself and is a popular summer family holiday spot. The Warren is a sandy spit where the Exe Estaury meets the English Channel. The area has great beaches (Blue Flag standard) and its dunes and marshes make up the 500 acre Nature Reserve which attracts an amazing variety of seabirds and...

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Dawlish Favorites

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    by johngayton Updated Aug 16, 2009

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    Favorite thing: As with most Devon towns the Tourist Information Centre here in Dawlish is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable locals who are more than willing to offer advice and assistance.

    The range of services on offer includes accommodation booking, public transport advice and tickets for local theatres. There's a small gift shop with postcards, local maps and books for sale.

    The website below is also worth a visit and has links to a couple of downloadable local maps.

    Fondest memory: The TIC is located in the centre of town on The Lawn (where the river is) and is contactable by phone on 01626 215665

    Dawlish TIC Website

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