Discover | Teignmouth
Teignmouth is a seaside town built on the Teign estuary, a busy port with fishing boats, cargo ships and pleasure craft. The esplanade is approximately two miles long and is backed by grassy areas and pretty gardens.
The architecture of the town is typically Georgian and Victorian. The pier was built in the 1860s and the town has good shopping areas and an assortment of narrow streets to explore.
This is a good area for scuba diving, fishing, cycling, mountain biking and walking.
The estuary can be crossed by either passenger ferry or by walking a narrow bridge to the pretty village of Shaldon.
For hiking, climbing, caving and mountain biking, Dartmoor and Exeter are an approximate 30 minute car journey away from Teignmouth itself.
A few miles up the coast is the seaside town of Dawlish; the architecture of this town is again typically Victorian and Georgian. At the centre of the town is the public park (which is called the lawn) and the railway runs along the coast, being one of the most scenic in the country. This railway was devised by the famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
The beaches in the area include Town Beach, Coryton Cove, Shaldon and Ness Cove. Town Beach is over a mile long and is situated between Langstone Rock and Lea Mount. It’s a sandy and shingle shore and you can walk across from Dawlish itself to Dawlish Warren along the sea wall. Coryton Cove is a secluded beach with spectacular red cliffs. It’s mostly sandy, but benefits from many rock pools which are interesting for children to explore. The beach at Shaldon is sandy shingle and it has a variety of shops, pubs and cafes nearby and Ness Cove which can be reached through a tunnel in the headstone; this is known locally as the Ness.
Further up the coast is Dawlish Warren, a Nature Reserve which features some lovely beaches. These sandy shores stretch for miles and have been awarded the Blue Flag award and the Seaside Award. The beach is backed by sand dunes and is an ideal place to enjoy swimming, snorkelling, walking and jet skiing. The Warren extends to its furthest point at the Exe estuary.