Tuesday 9th September 2014
Toilets: Public toilets, pubs and cafes at Teignmouth, Dawlish and Dawlish Warren.
Having been down to Cornwall a couple of times in the last few years, I’d always been intrigued by the railway-by-the-sea that goes through Dawlish and Teignmouth. It’s a lovely journey, and you can often see people waving at you as they walk along the beach or the sea wall. Earlier this year, part of it was destroyed in a huge storm, but it was repaired within a few months. This year, we decided to go on holiday to Devon and explore it for ourselves. It felt great to finally be one of the people actually walking along the beach, rather than quickly passing by. At five miles, we could’ve done the whole thing in an hour-and-a-half, but we took several leisurely hours, stopping to look at absolutely everything.
We arrived at Teignmouth and the tide was right out, so we took the opportunity to walk out onto a far-reaching sandbank and see everything from afar.
We passed the Teignmouth sign at Sprey Point – one of the main things I’d always noticed from the train, and giving us a real holiday feel.
Near the end of the beach, we passed a place where there’d been a landslide and repairs were still taking place.
So much colour everywhere – the red rocks of Devon.
Shortly after the railway disappeared into this tunnel, there was no more coast path available so we had to do a bit of road walking. Luckily we passed the Smugglers Inn, where we stopped for a really good late lunch. (The menu was far more extensive than the one on their website).
Here’s the view approaching Dawlish.
There are two footbridges marked on the map in Dawlish: Coastguard Footbridge and Rockstone Footbridge. The coast path between the two is currently closed, so we had to take another road detour. Once the works have been completed, the whole thing will be open. After the second footbridge, we managed to get back down onto the beach again.
An amazing day out. Definitely the best day of our holiday.