Dawlish is a town on the South coast of Devon about 12 miles south of Exeter.
Formerly a small fishing village, Dawlish became fashionable as a holiday resort in the late 18th century. When the railway arrived at the town in 1846, Dawlish expanded once more.
Unfortunately, the 'Atmospheric railway' designed by engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was beset by problems and so was finally replaced by conventional trains in late 1848.
The long sandy beach at Dawlish is quite picturesque and has easy access making it popular all year round. Southeast facing, the red Devon sand is punctuated at regular intervals by groynes (beach defences) designed to curtail the loss of sand along the coast towards Exmouth.
There are a good number of facilities here including amusement arcades, shops, caf&eacite;s, restaurants and pubs as well as the option to hire a boat for pleasure or for fishing.
Dawlish is twinned with Carhaix-Plouguer in France.
Just to the southwest of Dawlish main beach lie the smaller, possibly less busy, beaches at Boat Cove and Coryton Cove.
✔ Sandy beach
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
OS Explorer Map 110: Torquay & Dawlish
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: