Dawlish Things to Do
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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!more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Mount Pleasant Road, Dawlish Warren, Dawlish, Devo
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...more
• 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 &...more
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Even If You Don't Stop At Dawlish...
...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.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Whats actually in Dawlish: Shopping in Dawlish
Animals in distress (charity shop)
Coast to Coast (gifts)
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)
Ferret and radiator near costcutters
What to buy: Windchimes made out of seashells
signs which say
'FORGET THE DOG, BEWARE OF THE OWNER!'
sunglasses which are polarised
T-Towels with 'Devon' all over em
What to pay: DependsRelated to:
- Family Travel
Dawlish Warnings and Dangers
Don't Feed The Black Swans White Bread!
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?Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Food and Dining
Dawlish Off The Beaten Path
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...more
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...more
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...more
Dawlish Tourist Information Centre
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 WebsiteRelated to:
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel