Before the opening of the bridge that links Teignmouth to Shaldon, travellers had the choice of making a crossing by the foot ferry or, if they had horses or a vehicle, making a detour of 12 to 14 miles to Newton Abbot and back.
The first bridge was opened in 1827 and at 1,671 feet long was the longest wooden bridge in England, between 1838 and 1840 a new stone bridge was built and remained in use until the 1920s. In 1926, an Act of Parliament was passed, enabling widening and strengthening and this was finally completed in 1931 when a new 324 metre-long structure was opened consisting of four concrete-encased girders spanning concrete piers supporting a reinforced concrete deck. In 2002 a widening and strengthening refurbishment was carried out.
Teignmouth has an historical Harbour, which has been trading for over three hundred years, and was once a major centre for crews and ships for the Newfoundland fisheries, now it is used regularly by fishing boats and yachts. The harbour itself is virtually landlocked, and provides complete shelter. The area consists of a large drying bank, called The Salty that effectively reduces the area available to remain afloat to a fairly small channel.
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Church was built in 1845 as a Wesleyan chapel and was designed by the architect R B Best and built at a cost of £1,500, the building has recently refurbished to remove some of the 1960s modernisation. The church is built of Plymouth rubble-stone and rendered with freestone dressings and has a slate roof. To the front there are three forward-facing gables; all with arched windows.
Grade II Listed
Services: Sundays at 10.30 am
The fountain was built in 1885 and refurbished in 1995. It is a 2-tier cylindrical granite fountain, with 4 polished granite columns each with a bowl above that surround a central shaft which supports 4 similar smaller shafts and bowls around a turned finial. 2 concentric basins at the base have 4 semi-circular-arched troughs for dogs to drink.
The fountain is Grade II Listed.
Teignmouth has England's oldest ferry which for £.20, can take you from Teignmouth cross to Shaldon in 5 mins. This is a peaceful village with a seaside feel, people don't own lawns here, they own beache's instead. There are a few good pubs here (one being The Ferryboat Inn) & two resturants, one of them being the Beachcomber in Fore St. The Beachcomber is a great place to chill out, the outdoor seating area overlooks Teignmouth harbour. This is a relaxing place to be while watching the boats pull out, the menu is varied & quite reasonable. each customer orders at the till & is given a number.
There is a long smugglers tunnal here, which takes you to a secluded beach. It's quite eerie going along the dimly lit passage, down a long flight of stairs to the sand. There is a small zoo here owned by the Wildlife Trust which is worth a look, it has reptiles & small animals including a baby Lynx cat. Called the 'Best Little Zoo in the West', they can be contacted on 01626- 872234. In August is the Boat regatta & water carnival. Shaldon's people dress up in the period of 1784, there is also a fate on the green, a rowing race, & rounders on the beach.
Teignmouth has load's of pubs, pretty much one on every corner and a few in between. So far I've only managed to visit one of them, and The Ship was the one that my faithful "beer nose" selected.
I wasn't disappointed at all. This manages to be tourist-friendly whilst still maintaining a good local feel. The beer's well-kept and relatively cheap - Otter at about £2.60 if I remember correctly - and the view over the inner harbour is pleasantly relaxing.
By all accounts this is quite a lively night spot too with regular live music and the eats are supposedly well worth visiting for.
The pier isn`t very big but it is nice to walk along. We went in March so it was a bit deserted which made it a nice experience. There are a few things to do outside and an amusement arcade at the entrance. The arcade has the latest fruit machines and video games along with some of the old penny machines.
This pier has been here since the 1860's. I last saw it in the 1970's when I was knee-high. It has a small shop next door which sells windmills, surfing gear, post cards, & many other things which you can take on the beach. Inside there’s the latest up to date computer games to play like Sega & Nintendo. There's also the old penny slot machines, & the penny pusher machines where you add 2p to hopefully win a lot more, if the draw pushes the coins. They are on little ledges that move in and out, there's also one for 10p's. There's an outside area which closes during the winter, here there's powerboats & a little race track for children. The pier close's at 10.30pm in the summer & 5pm in the winter. There's no charge to get on as yet. There’s a cafe during the summer which sells ice creams, they used to do chips. There's seating outside, & there's a lovely view across the water towards Sheldon.
There are many different boats trips to choose from. They usually take place in what I call The Back Water, or The Ferry Beach. Boat trips include Mackerall fishing up the River, Deep sea fishing, & dolphin spotting. Babbacomb Bay & Anstys Cove is a must, usually sailing on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.
Brixham is a good day out, here you can get to see Waulter Raligh's ship The Golden Hind & variouse museums on the docks. There is an all day trip up the River Dart for Mackerel enthusiasts, stopping off at a pub called The Smugglers Inn.
Boats used are called "Spot on" "Restless" and "The Joybell"