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 Classic DawlishDawlish Warren HolcombeTown TrailOlde Rural Devon

Dawlish is known for its sandy beaches,black swans & the Brunel railway line along its coast.

Jane Austen visited Dawlish in 1802 for a long holiday.

She seemed to have been unimpressed with its library.

Point of InterestBlack Sawns,stunning views & beach
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Witches Bowl,11Queen Street

The name means 'settlement on the black river'

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Walk 1 Classic Dawlish (2.5 miles)


Railway WalkAn ideal circular Train Trail from Dawlish Station
starting Point Start :Station Road or West Cliff Rd

This gentle walk follows part of small river,the Dawlish Water,with its famous black swans introduced from Australia.

On the town's outskirts,it climbs fairly steadily for about 15 minutes,but descends gently offering magnificent views of the sea and countryside.

Near Cowhole Rock

The final stretch is along the sea front towards Cowhole Rock and a row of colourful beach huts.

2.5 miles
1 hrs 15 mins
main roads
1 min
altitude range
1 - 97 m
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parkingResidential West Cliff Road

Walk 1

 Walks near Dawlish:
 Dawlish to Holcombe
An ideal pub walk to Holcombe with magnificent views of the Devon coastline.
This walk follows a lush and undisturbed valley of the 'Dawlish Waters' and retraces a route vividly described by the 18th century John Swete in his 'Journal Eleven'
Two pleasant walks from this picture postcard village.

Walk 2 Dawlish Warren (3.6 miles)


A delightful & easy walk following mainly footpaths into Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve & sandy beaches to the mouth of the river Exe.

The route returns along the sea following the Southwest Coast Path to Dawlish town.

starting Point1 : Rainbows Cafe ,Dawlish Warren
2: A379 near shops

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Walk 3 Dawlish to Holcombe (2.5 miles)


A short & quite challenging but varied pub walk.to Holcombe with stunning views of the sea.

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Walk 4 Town Trail (1.7 miles)


A pleasant town walk highlighting Dawlish's uniqueness and history.

This is one of our 'Thirty Five Minute Walks'
Witches Bowl ,11 Queen Street
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Walk 4 Dawlish Town Trail (1.7 miles)

Walk 5 Pub Trail (1.5 miles)


A great trail taking in all the 9 surviving pubs in Dawlish.

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Walk 4b Dawlish Ale Trail (1.5 miles)

Walk 6 Exploring Olde Rural Devon (8.2 miles)


View of a Distant Sea
starting PointStart 1:Station Road
Start 2:
Elme Grove Road

This quite strenuous & varied walk takes you back in time and inland towards Gulliford & the foothills of Haldon along a very ancient track ,

Part of the track can be muddy after heavy rain.

It returns via Pitt Farm ,a 13th century farm (1215),& follows footpaths & country lanes,including Port Road,part of the Port Way used by 'pirates' to smuggle their wares from the Teign to Dawlish.

The final stretch joins the South West Coastal Path at Dawlish Warren.

Allow 3.5 - 4 hours

The views are quite breathtaking.

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Elm Grove Road

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