Teignmouth to Dawlish Railway Walk

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Teignmouth to Dawlish Railway Walk

Teignmouth to Dawlish Railway Walk
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McVernon L
6 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a wonderful asset to Teignmouth and Dawlish. Devastatingly, Network Rail is determined to bury the walk and beach under 40 metres of concrete to protect the rail line. This could easily be done by stabilising the cliffs. But this project, estimated to take 8 years (and we all know that will mean about 15), despite forceful local protest, is no doubt ploughing ahead under the cover of Covid-19. Network Rail has already destroyed the seafront at Dawlish by erecting concrete monstrosities rather than approaching sea incursion from a creative design viewpoint. Their Teignmouth beach project will destroy the town's tourism and, along with it, many jobs in addition to devaluing properties in the area. Still, no one in government or Network Rail at director level lives down here - so what would they care?
Written June 18, 2020
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Jenny F
Gloucester, UK7 contributions
Jul 2020
My blind son & I walked from Teignmouth to Dawlish along the sea/railway line. Under the line at The Salty Dog cafe & up a steep hill to the road. We then continued along the line until almost in Dawlish when we walked through a park & down to the town, again alongside the sea & railway line. It took us between 1 1/2 & 2 hours. After a picnic in the park at Dawlish we returned on the same route, stopping at the Salty Dog cafe for a cup of tea, (well earned). A lovely walk & not too difficult for my son.
Written July 15, 2020
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Torquay, UK86 contributions
Sep 2021
This three mile stretch of coastal path along the railway line is slightly challenging but very rewarding. We started from Dawlish & there were a few steep hills & steps to negotiate - fine for a reasonably fit person. If not, be aware & take your time - it’s still manageable. I would recommend good footwear.
The reward is beautiful views of the coastline. We munched on blackberries to give us a bit of energy & as we neared Teignmouth the path became flat (for the final mile or so) along the beach & railway track. The walk also passed some fields & the main road for very short stretches but I enjoyed the variation.
Trains can get close & can be noisy so be careful if you’re with dogs.
A great walk!
Written September 24, 2021
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England, UK2,130 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We walked from Dawlish going down Smugglers Lane stopping for coffee at The Salty Dog cafe then walking under the railway to the sea wall. A beautiful walk all the way to Teignmouth, with the trains going past and the sea on the other side it must be a pretty unique walk. Very enjoyable.
Written July 16, 2018
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London, UK178 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
It's a lovely walk from Teignmouth to Dawlish, though it's worth pointing out that to do the whole walk to Dawlish does include a bit of hill along the coastal path. Lovely views, not too taxing, great rewards in Dawlish such as ice cream!
Written May 31, 2019
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Exeter, UK44 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
I am completely biased. I walk along the wall every day as far as Holcombe. Come rain or shine I love the ever changing landscape.

The walk to Holcombe from Teignmouth is about 30-40 mins. From there you'll have to stop off at the Salty Dog Cafe/Shack and have a coffee (and free cookie) before walking on up Smugglers Lane, along the Teignmouth road before getting back on to the SW coast pass. From there it's another 45-60 mins into Dawlish. Some steep sections between Holcombe and Dawlish but lovely views along the way.

On rough days when the tide is in the waves are enormous and exhilarating. On calmer sunny days you can see out over to Dorset.

Over the years I've seen pods of dolphins, seals, cormorants and black winged gulls. Bring a rod and you can fish off spray point when the tide is in, or go for a picnic on the beach.

If you time it right you'll also see steam trains - recently the flying scotsman came through. Lots of very happy steam enthusiasts.

This may all change when the sea defenses get renewed but for now this is a truly wonderful walk and highly recommended.
Written December 10, 2018
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london48 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
I've walked and run this route many times over 40 years, beautiful sea views accompanied by the passing of the London to Penzance GWR express beside the path, There's a headland to rest on half way and recently when you reach Smugglers Lane, a pop up cafe, from there it's back the way you came or head up the lane, a steep climb up to the Dawlish Road and from there to Dawlsh beside this busy highway. You could turn back toward Teignmouth until you've climbed the first hill where you'll see a path signposted which will lead you back through field and park to the start of the sea wall.
Don't try the outward sea wall part of this route at high tide, especially spring tides, as waves frequently break over the path, exciting but dangerous.
Written September 2, 2018
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Toronto, Canada310 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
We were in Teignmouth on summer holiday with our three kids (8, 11, 13) and did the walk from Teignmouth to the centre of Dawlish. We had lunch in Dawlish and then caught the train back to Teignmouth.

It's about 3.5 miles ... most of it is along the sea wall or on paths close to the sea. Some of it is along a busy road that's inland a bit. The inland sections are not well marked. There are little wooden markers on posts here and there, but at one point along the busy road on the way into Dawlish, we had to ask someone who was waiting for the bus because we hadn't seen a sign in a while and were worried that we missed something.

If you were walking at a reasonable pace, the walk would be about 1.5 hours. We took our time and stopped to take lots of pictures of the amazing red cliffs and went down to walk along the sand beach to look at shells and washed up jelly fish. So it took us over 2 hours.

We had a nice lunch in Dawlish and then took the train back. They run frequently and the cost is less than £2 per person.

Parking in Teignmouth can be a challenge. We found street parking on a residential street inland from the train station. There's also a parking lot on Dawlish Road called the Eastcliffe Car Park that has a walking path on the far end of the parking lot that brings you right down to the sea wall. The cost was something like £3 for less than 4 hours and around £4 for more than 4 hours. So it's pretty reasonable and better than many of the other lots close to the beach that have a 2 hour maximum.

It was a great day out!
Written July 24, 2017
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Teignmouth, UK26 contributions
Jul 2015
The route linking Teignmouth and Dawlish is not by any means a marathon but at the end, the walker is justified in feeling a sense of achievement.Start out by Teignmouth's Grand Pier plumb in the centre of the seafront and walk with the sea on your right. It is delightfully flat for the first mile and a half as you pass the lattice railway bridge and leave the resort behind.IMPORTANT. If the tide is high and there are waves breaking on the sea wall you MUST take the inland route up through Eastcliff Meadows and down along the main road to Dawlish. On the sea wall route, Spray Point juts out, an old cliff fall with its top shaved off to make the railway line possible. The rich rusty red cliffs are a constant border till you reach Smugglers Lane. Duck under the railway line (you'll see!) and hope the tide is not high enough to splash you. Steeply up, meet the main road, turn right and then in a short distance again right beside the sign for Derncleugh Gardens. On on the higher road, almost at once, follow the footpath sign on the left which leads up over the hill and gives superb views inland and of the coast to Exmouth further north. Down steeply, over the stream then back up again just as steeply to once more meet the main road.Turn right, hug the hedge past Shell Cove House entrance then turn right into Lee Mount Park to follow the path down into town. Train or bus back to Teignmouth when you have enjoyed pretty little Dawlish. A nice walk but choose the right weather!
Written June 15, 2016
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Horncastle, UK34 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
This has to be one of the best walks in South Devon. Starting at the end of the promenade, the walk begins on the sea wall alongside the railway, with the sea on your right (ensure children keep away from the edge, as there are no railings). You start with a flat walk with stunning sea views to the right, and the railway to your left. Children love to wave at the trains, and the train drivers always seem to wave back. There are places to sit along the way. At the end of the sea wall, you head down some steps and go under the railway, but not at high tide. You then head off up a leafy lane and join the main Teignmouth to Dawlish road, but don't worry, follow the footpath signs, and you are soon heading across open countryside. It gets a bit steep, but well worth it for the stunning views on offer. You the follow the cliff top to Dawlish, eventually heading downwards, then through a park, and down to once more be alongside the railway and sea. It's then an easy walk into Dawlish.
Written July 13, 2015
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