As with most Devon Rivers, the Teign begins its travels from Dartmoor, after flowing south it becomes tidal at Newton Abbot before reaching the English Channel at Teignmouth, a distance of some 30 miles. Due to the river being tidal the mudflats at Newton Abbot are loved by birds, and habitat which leads to a large variety of wildlife.
Newton Abbot is one of the most popular summer racecourses in the UK with its August weekend festival attracting over 12,000 racegoers.
Unfortunately I haven't had a day-off which coincides with a raceday but it is on my "To Do" list. I should imagine this is a fun day out and there are plenty of bars and restaurants to while away the wait between races.
Website is pretty comprehensive and includes details of other racecourse events.
Then a visit to Tuckers Maltings should be a Newton Abbot "Must Do".
The process of malting barley is the first stage in the beermaking process. This involves soaking the grains, allowing them to germinate and then stopping the process by drying and heating. The starches in the malted barley change from insoluble to soluble and are now ready to be used to brew the beer.
Most malthouses are factories with modern equipment but here at Tuckers the process is still done manually using centuries-old techniques. This artisanal production method makes Tuckers malts the first choice with most of the local traditional breweries (over 30 at last count). The site offers hour-long guided tours during the summer months, complete with a taster of the Teignworthy Brewery's ales and there is also a speciality bottled beer shop with over 200 beers in stock.
As well as the guided tours Tuckers plays host to the Southwest's best beer festival with 200 plus beers on offer over three days every April. This is well worth a visit as it is a lively festival with music and good eats to ease the arduous task of sampling.
...and have a bit of time between connections, pop next door to The Railway pub. This is a friendly, traditional, pub with a couple of decent beers, welcoming staff and chatty regulars. Fortunately there are plenty of trains stopping at Newton and so if you get involved in a bar conversation you can just have another beer and catch a later connection - that's what usually happens to me!
They also do very reasonably-priced homecooked food and sandwiches at lunctimes.