If you’ve ever visited this traditional seaside town, you’ll know that holidays in Dawlish are all about experiencing the best of a quintessentially British break on the south coast of Devon. With its sandy, blue flag beach and a variety of family-friendly amusements, shops and restaurants, there is plenty to keep visitors of all ages busy during their stay.


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Did you know? A local’s guide to holidays in Dawlish…

Best known as a great family holiday destination, the town has a brook running through The Lawn, a grassy area at its centre, which is perfect for games or a picnic.
For those wishing to explore the area on foot, the nearby South West Coast Path offers fantastic walks alongside the sea, and the many cycle routes in the area are great for cycling enthusiasts.

Renowned for being one of the most scenic railway lines in Britain, The South Devon Railway Line which starts in Exeter, runs through Dawlish and on to Newton Abbot. The journey includes passing under the distinctive red cliffs along the coast and affords passengers spectacular views along the Exe Estuary and out to sea.


Beaches in Dawlish

Holidays on the South Devon coast centre around the beach and Dawlish has a clutch of beauties to choose from. Whether you’re in search of a sandy stretch for sunbathing, a rocky cove for exploring, or a scenic backdrop for leisurely walks along the South West Coast Path, Dawlish and the surrounding area has the perfect spot for you.

Dawlish Warren Beach

This is perhaps the most popular beach in Dawlish. It’s a sandy beach backed by dunes and offers a wide range of amenities, including cafes, shops, and water sports facilities. Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve, adjacent to the beach, provides opportunities for birdwatching and nature walks.

Red Rock Beach

This is a small, secluded beach located between Dawlish and Dawlish Warren. Accessible via a footpath from Dawlish Warren, Red Rock Beach is known for its striking red cliffs and peaceful ambiance. It’s an ideal spot for those seeking a quieter beach experience away from the crowds.

Coryton Cove

This is a smaller, more secluded beach nestled between Dawlish and Dawlish Warren. It’s a favourite spot for families seeking a quieter atmosphere. The sheltered cove is great for swimming and rock pooling, and there’s a café nearby for refreshments.

Dawlish Town Beach

Situated close to the town center, this pebble beach is easily accessible and offers beautiful views of the coastline. It’s a great spot for a leisurely stroll or a relaxing picnic. During high tide, the waves can come close to the sea wall, providing a dramatic backdrop.


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