Dawlish Warren South West Coast Path Walk, Dawlish Warren, South Devon

Dawlish Warren South West Coast Path Walk, Dawlish Warren, South Devon

The South West Coast Path at Dawlish Warren

Dawlish Warren is one of the most popular holiday spots in South Devon. Located by the main Westcountry railway line, it's easily accessible. If you walk the South West Coast Path south or north, you can return by train. Dawlish Warren is situated by the mouth of the Exe Estuary. As a consequence, the terrain is flat and walking easy.

 

Walking Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve and Dawlish Warren Beach before heading out on the South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path south and north of Dawlish Warren is beautiful. That said, the most impressive feature of the coastline here is the land and sand spit that push out into the mouth of the Exe Estuary. It forms part of the Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve and Dawlish Warren Beach. We'd recommend a short, circular walk along the nature reserve and back on the beach before connecting with the South West Coast Path.

Start at the large car park on the east side of the railway line at Dawlish Warren. Follow the walkway to the visitor centre at Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve. From there, continue all the way up to the north eastern end of the sand spit. There are great views of the Exe Estuary. Exmouth is across the water. Now follow the beach back to Dawlish Warren.

 

Walking the South West Coast Path south of Dawlish Warren

Start at the large car park on the eastern side of the railway line at Dawlish Warren. Wander across to the seafront and walk south behind Langstone Rock at the northern end of Red Rock Beach. Divert to see Langstone Rock.

Follow the South West Coast Path alongside the railway line and beach down to Dawlish Beach and Dawlish. Divert to see the famous black swans on Dawlish Water. Continue to Boat Cove (Beach) and The Cove Cafe by Coryton Cove (Beach).

The path now climbs and snakes around headlands on its way to Hole Head. You then follow the railway line down to Teignmouth Beach, Teignmouth and Teignmouth Pier.

Wander around to Teignmouth River Beach/Back Beach for top views of Shaldon and the River Teign and Estuary.

Return to Dawlsih Warren by train.

 

Walking the South West Coast Path north of Dawlish Warren

Start at the large car park on the east side of the railway line at Dawlish Warren. Wander through the tunnel that passes under the railway line and turn right. Follow the road to Cockwood and then Starcross.

Take the Starcross/Exmouth Ferry across the Exe Estuary to Exmouth. You then walk the seafront behind the beautiful Exmouth Beach until you get to Orcombe Point and the start of the Dorset and East Devon Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site which is normally referred to as the Jurassic Coast. There are super views back to Dawlish Warren.

Walk back or take the bus to Dawlish Warren or take the train to Exeter and then down the River Exe and Estuary to Dawlish Warren.

Note that instead of crossing the Exe Estuary on the Starcross/Exmouth Ferry, you can continue up the west side of the Exe Estuary on the Exe Estuary Trail. You come to The Turf pub which is a great place for a drink and food. From there, you can walk all the way up to Exeter and return to Dawlish Warren on the train.

Alternatively, combine the South West Coast Path and Exe Estuary Trail by walking up to The Turf and taking the Topsham/Turf Ferry to Topsham before continuing to Exmouth and returning via the Starcross/Exmouth Ferry.