Dawlish to Teignmouth

The South West Coast Path, Dawlish, Devon

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This walk involves flat walking on the sea wall, adjacent to the railway line. There is also a bit of walking next to roads later on, and some steep hills. There are good beaches at Teignmouth and Dawlish.

The Walk
This walk starts on the sea wall adjacent to Dawlish Station. The sea wall is accessed by going under the railway bridge, then turn right. Once you get to the end, where the railway line heads into a tunnel, the coast path continues up the cliff into a small park (Lea Mount). However it is worth continuing along the low path for a short while, as you will get to Coryton Cove, a seaside award beach. Once you've climbed up to the top, it is a short walk through the park before you join the main road.

- Whilst Network Rail are working on the sea wall, this walk starts on Marine Parade, with a pedestrian walkway leading to the footbridge crossing over the railway line. Where the railway line heads into a tunnel, the coast path continues up the cliff into a small park (Lea Mount). However it is worth a short detour along the low path as you will get to Coryton Cove, a seaside award beach. Once you've climbed up to the top, it is a short walk through the park before you join the main road.

Follow the main road and look out for the sign back to the coast path on the left, this section takes you around Holcombe, with excellent views. Note that it is not possible to get to Horse Cove, below. (This section can be missed, if you continue along the main road you will reach Smugglers Lane). There is a steep climb down to where a little stream runs out to sea, then a steep climb back up again. The path then re-joins the road for a short distance. When walking along the road, look out for the sign back to the coast path, it is down a small road called Smugglers Lane. At the end of this road the path goes under the railway line and steps rejoin the sea wall adjacent to the railway line. Please be aware you may be unable to use these steps at some high tides. The sea wall then runs all the way into Teignmouth.

Getting Back
The most scenic way is to take the train back to Dawlish. The station is to the east of the town, slightly back from the sea front. Trains run at least hourly to Dawlish most of the time. The service is less frequent on Sundays. If the train is not convenient there are bus services Stagecoach Devon, numbers 2 and 22, which run back to Dawlish.

 

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