Shaldon, South Devon

Shaldon, South Devon
  • Beautiful village at the mouth of the River Teign and Estuary across the water from Teignmouth
  • Great pubs, restaurants and cafes in Shaldon and across the water in Teignmouth. A ferry connects the two
  • Top estuary and coastal beaches in the local area
  • Superb local zoo
  • Walk the South West Coast Path or follow the Templer Way across South Devon countryside to Dartmoor and its most famous tor, Haytor Rocks
  • Main photo: view of Shaldon and The Ness from Teignmouth Road on the north side of the River Teign and Estuary


Gorgeous village on the Teign Estuary across the water from Teignmouth

The River Teign rises at two remote spots on Dartmoor's north moor and flows down to the South Devon coast at Teignmouth. Across the estuary from Teignmouth is the delightful Shaldon. The coastline here is remarkable.


Why holiday or weekend break in Shaldon?

To help you choose Shaldon, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


Shaldon and the Teign Estuary

The Teign rises in two locations on Dartmoor's north moor. The North Teign River and the South Teign River meet by Chagford and the combined River Teign flows under the National Trust's Castle Drogo and through the amazing Teign Gorge and Fingle Woods to the eastern border of Dartmoor National Park. Beyond Newton Abbot, river becomes estuary. At its mouth is Teignmouth to the north and the pretty village Shaldon to the south. Another glorious location that must be explored when on holiday in South Devon.


Shaldon Beach

Shaldon Beach lines the estuary at Shaldon.

Teignmouth River Beach/Back Beach and Teignmouth Beach are across the water. Take the Teignmouth/Shaldon Ferry to visit.


Shaldon Zoo

Shaldon Zoo is a super, intimate zoo near Smugglers Tunnel.


Smugglers Tunnel and Ness Cove Beach at Shaldon

Wander through Smugglers Tunnel to get to Ness Cove Beach.


The Ness (cliff and viewpoint above Shaldon)

The Ness (viewpoint Shaldon, Teign Estuary and Teignmouth) overlooks the mouth of the Teign Estuary and Teignmouth. Extraordinary place.


Shaldon food and drink

Pubs. The Ness. The Ferry Boat Inn. Coombe Cellars west of Shaldon on the Teign Estuary.

Restaurant. The Strand Cafe and Bistro. ODE dining. Twentysix Cafe and Bistro (Teignmouth).

Cafe. The Strand Cafe and Bistro. The Clipper Cafe. Cafe ODE. Crab Shack (Teignmouth). Twentysix Cafe and Bistro (Teignmouth).


Shaldon South West Coast Path walk

Follow the South West Coast Path south to beautiful Maidencombe. The views across Babbacombe Bay are immense.

See our Teignmouth/Shaldon South West Coast Path Walk listing for more information.


Teignmouth across the estuary from Shaldon

Take the Teignmouth/Shaldon Ferry across the water to Teignmouth.


Dawlish Warren

Dawlish Warren is a popular holiday resort. Wander along Dawlish Warren Beach to the end of the point for amazing views up the Exe Estuary and across to Exmouth. Return through Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve.


The English Riviera

South of Shaldon are Babbacombe, Torquay, Paington and Brixham. Together, these towns form The English Riviera.



From the Teign Estuary, you'll see the distinctive shape of Haytor Rocks on the eastern flank of Dartmoor National Park. Visit, climb to the top of the tor and enjoy top views back down to the Teign Estuary area.