If you want a seaside holiday with an environmental slant, Dawlish Warren could be the destination you’re looking for. Built on a spit of sand with the Exe estuary on one side and the sea on the other, Dawlish Warren is one of South Devon’s most popular seaside resorts. It has all the attractions of a traditional holiday getaway but in an outstanding natural environment. With a nature reserve and ideal waters for paddling and swimming, Dawlish Warren is a gem of a location and wonderfully understated.
History of Dawlish Warren
Essentially a sandy spit, the natural processes of the sea working against the coast formed Dawlish Warren. In recent history Dawlish Warren was developed as the railway brought in more visitors keen to enjoy the beaches along the South Devon coast, and today manages to be both an outstanding nature reserve and family orientated seaside resort. There are now a number of holiday parks in the surrounding area, which provide a perfect alternative to hotels or B&Bs for families who want lots of things to keep them occupied.
Things to do in Dawlish Warren
With a life-guarded beach and plenty of sand dunes, the Warren has plenty of entertainment for you to enjoy with pubs, restaurants and many free open-air events throughout the summer. The beach has been given a prestigious Blue Flag award, meaning it’s ideal for a range of water sports. The entire area has a great chilled out feel to it and if you’re into environmental issues, the Nature Reserve is a great day out for amateur botanists and bird watchers.
Food and drink in Dawlish Warren
Eating out at Dawlish Warren is a reliable and traditional experience, with restaurants serving a good range of home-cooked dishes made with local ingredients and served up with a typically warm Devonian welcome. And don’t worry about taking the kids to a restaurant – they’ll be made to feel as welcome as the adults with special kid’s menus available at most establishments.
Something a little different
Dawlish Warren features over 500 acres of nature reserve - a wonderful environment for wading birds, rare plants and wildlife, and plenty of signboards and public rights of way to explore. There’s also a great visitors centre to help you learn more about this fascinating area.