Dawlish and South Devon

Dawlish is tucked away in a quiet corner of South Devon, bounded by the Exe Estuary to the east and the Teign estuary to the west.

You don’t come across Dawlish by accident, as it’s not on a main road to anywhere! To get here you turn off the main Devon highways at Exeter or Newton Abbot, but it is very much worth the detour.

Dawlish nestles into the valley of the Dawlish Water river on the south coast of Devon. As it flows through the town, the river becomes known as ‘The Brook’ and is home to the famous black swans of Dawlish.

Behind the town the Dawlish Water valley rises steeply up to Ashcombe and Haldon. This is true Devon countryside with its narrow winding roads and high hedges running through fields, woodland and small hamlets with their thatched cottages.

On the seaward side the town is bounded by the sea wall of Brunel’s famous ‘Atmospheric Railway’, which provides a seaside promenade well over a mile long to Dawlish’s close neighbour, Dawlish Warren.