Teignbridge is the area of South Devon which stretches from the west side of Exeter, with Dartmoor to the north and the coast line and sea to the south, up to the edge of Torbay and The South Hams forming its westerly edge.
Teignbridge was formed as a district in 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972. This saw the merger of Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Dawlish, Newton Abbot and Teignmouth. Visit the individual town pages within this site for more detail on their history.
Things to do
There is such a wide range of things to do in Teignbridge you’ll find it hard to decide where to start, use the search option within this site to help you narrow down your choices.
If it's nature and walking you are after you could always take the Templer Way, an 18 mile route tracing the historic line of granite being taken from the quarries at Haytor to the docks at Teignmouth. Teignbridge also has some great country parks including Stover Country Park, which the Templer Way passes through, and Decoy Country Park.
Food and Drink
Food and drink is an important part of South Devon and Teignbridge is home to many producers of great food and drink. With coastal towns like Teignmouth and Dawlish offering great seafood, while inland gastro pubs serve excellent home cooked fare.
Something a little different
South Devon, and Teignbridge, is famous for its stunning section of railway between Exeter and Newton Abbot. This section of line has become one of the most photographed sections of railway in the country and runs through Dawlish, Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth. A day trip on the train will ensure that you get to enjoy the stunning views.
Dawlish Warren is one of South Devon’s most popular seaside resorts and is built on a split of sand with the Exe Estuary on one side and the sea on the other. As well as a sandy beach, sand dunes and family holiday resort, there is also a 500 acre nature reserve providing a great day out for amateur botanists and bird watchers.
To help you decide where to visit first, you’ll find details on all the main towns and villages within Teignbridge below.
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On the southern flanks of the Haldon Hills, Trusham is another near-perfect looking traditional Devon village with cob and thatch houses set attractively round the church. Strangely, Trusham has links with heavy industry - Quarrying and railways have
A thriving community overlooking an attractive countryside, just off the Newton to Totnes road. The village stocks are still here in the churchyard. Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes creator, stayed here at Parkhill House. The found inspirration fo
Picture postcard village close by Lustleigh Cleave - a steep sided tree covered valley with the Teign running along it. Wonderful walking territory. 13th - 16th Century church, copious traditional cob and thatch pub, local shop, tea room, accommodati
Vibrant, lively and with a touch of mystery surrounding it, you’ll discover that Buckfastleigh is one of the most diverse towns in South Devon. The town is dominated by the Benedictine Buckfast Abbey and is a mix of ancient and modern attractions...
This fascinating town has a history dating back over thousands of years. Prehistoric remains have been found in the caves at Rock, while an Iron Age hill fort overlooks the town. Today the town is thriving and is a perfect base if you want to...
High above the Teign Valley at 800 feet stands Hennock. Quiet and peaceful, this small village clusters around its shop, church and pub and lies close to the beauty spots of the Kennick and Tottiford reservoirs.
An attractive hamlet, a few miles south east of Newton Abbot. The village is a conservation area, with plenty of traditional cob and thatch. Fishing, pony trekking and walking are available locally.
A very pretty Dartmoor village about 2 miles southwest of Moretonhampstead. White thatched cottages encircle a large village green.
The village that everyone knows through the popular song (Tom Pearce and his Grey Mare). Widecombe is a big draw for visitors the world over.
A tiny village almost on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, 3 miles northwest of Buckfastleigh. Set in wild beautiful moorland. Direct access to open moorland walks, including Scorriton Down with a well known stone circle. On the Two Moors Way. There is a
Famous for it's red sandstone church, built in the reign of Edward III, this attractive village is situated on the road between Dawlish and Exeter. Although very much a Devon community, the village green displays an ancient Cornish cross whose...
Scattered village just across the Teign valley from Lustleigh. Beautiful views all round. Manaton rocks includes the formation known as "The Bowerman's Nose" a much photographed landmark on Dartmoor. Close to the famous Becky Falls.
A lovely tidal harbour fronts this little village on the Western bank of the Exe Estuary just north of Dawlish Warren. It is a popular boating spot with church, pubs, local shops, and accommodation.
On the hillside overlooking the sea between Teignmouth and Dawlish. Cob and thatch cottages. Smuggling connections - walk down Smugglers Lane to the tiny inlet at the end of Teignmouth sea wall where booty was unloaded.
A large village on the north bank of the Teign Estuary a mile or two west of Teignmouth. Fine views over the estuary. Convenient for the sea at Teignmouth or estuary walks. Little Haldon Heath nature reserve is situated at the top of the village.
The old village has a charm of thatched cottages, an orchard containing the ruins of an old castle and a brook running through its churchyard. The village has just won its 60 year battle to be bypassed. There are also a church, pub, shops and accommo
A historic village with some impressive 16th and 17th Century cob and thatch cottages. It takes its name from a large iron age fort on Denbury Down. There is a church, post office, pub and accommodation.