Dawlish Warren Beach

Dawlish, Devon, EX7 0NF

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Dawlish Warren seafront
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  • Dawlish Warren Beach, image taken through the bushes
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If you’re looking for a quality beach holiday, with plenty to see and do, Dawlish Warren Beach ticks all the boxes.  With it's one and a half mile long sandy beach, sheltered sand dunes, award winning clean waters and family amusements, it offers a traditional seaside holiday.

Not just content with a day at the beach, there are family friendly activities and attractions to keep everyone amused, from go karts, golf and rides, to cafe's and watersports. 

Fun for Everyone

Despite Dawlish Warren’s popularity you don’t have to worry about crowds. The beach is one and a half miles long and there’s always something going on, either on the sands or nearby.

If you like to surf, then you’ll be able to have a crack at the offshore swells, safe in the knowledge that the area is watched by RNLI lifeguards. There is also plenty of accommodation nearby, from B&Bs and self-catering cottages to hotels. But if it’s getting back to nature you’re after, there are plenty of campsites to be found around the area too.

If you’re looking for your own private space whist visiting one of South Devon’s beaches why not hire a Beach Hut? Beach Huts are available to hire either weekly or daily at Coryton Cove, Dawlish and Dawlish Warren. The Cost are; Daily hire: £17.00, Weekly charge: £77.00 (starting any day of the week). For more information on hiring beach huts please visit the Teignbridge website.

A Natural Experience

As part of the Exe Estuary, Dawlish Warren is one of the most important areas for wildfowl and wading birds in the country. Thousands of birds come to feed or to spend the winter here, attracting bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. The surrounding dunes and grassland are home to over 600 types of flowering plants. Dawlish Warren is internationally recognised as an important ecological site and as such is protected by both national and international laws. If you want to learn more there is a visitor’s centre offering information about the wildlife reserve. From here you can gain access to the various hides dotted throughout the various habitats on-site.

Dogs on Dawlish Warren Beach

Dogs can be taken onto the main beach between groyne 4 and 9 all year round.

For more information on water quality and advice of how to have a fun, healthy relaxing time at the beach visit the Beachwise website.

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Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access to the beach
  • Easy access from main roads/good public transport links
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Amusements
  • Deckchairs
  • First Aid Room
  • Free summer entertainment programme - July & August
  • Lifeguards (May - September)
  • National Nature Reserve
  • Shower facilities
  • Toilets

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Dog Friendly
  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Open All Year
  • Picnic Area
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Families

Parking & Transport

  • Close to Railway Station
  • On site parking

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Leave the M5 at Junction 30, signposted A379 Dawlish. Continue to follow the signs for Dawlish A379.

 

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Public Transport Directions

Travel By Bus Stagecoach run buses to Dawlish and on to Torbay, Exeter, Newton Abbot. From any of these locations you can catch a bus, directly to Dawlish Warren. Get the timetable here.

Travel By Train Dawlish Warren has its own station, please ensure that your train will stop here. The main station at Exeter is St. Davids.

Travel By Cycle Dawlish Warren is on the South West Coast Path and this is used regularly by cyclists. It is great ride from Exeter to Powderham along the river path, then along the lanes through Starcross and Cockwood to Dawlish Warren.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • therichastill
      Stevenage, United Kingdom
      Natural Beauty
      5 of 5 stars
      9th Mar 2022
      The beach at Dawlish Warren stretches from the Exe estuary round the corner and into the English Channel towards Dawlish. I visited in March and all the attractions were shut but I can imagine in... Read full review
    • Sam D
      Birmingham, United Kingdom
      Beautiful beach
      4 of 5 stars
      16th Apr 2022
      Beautiful beach. I don't know what else to say it has sand and sea. It has got a few stones on before you get to the soft sand. Has steps down so not the best beach for people with mobiltiy issues. Read full review
    • grango25
      Lincoln, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      A good walk spoilt
      2 of 5 stars
      18th May 2022
      Beach was lovely but had to walk through the tacky part to get there. Was expecting something more appropriate with there being a nature reserve. Really disappointed. Read full review

    Awards

    • Beach AwardsBlue Flag Award Blue Flag Award 2016

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