The stretch of the South West Coast Path between the south Devon towns of Dawlish and Dawlish Warren is one of the most scenic and accessible. A large part of the walk follows the sea wall along just above the beach, and with the railway line running right beside the wall one of the nicest parts of this route is waving to passing passengers as one flits past. It’s an ideas to catch a train the one stop back from Dawlish Warren – if only for the views!
The path is flat all the way to Dawlish Warren, and if you finish the walk when you reach the nature reserve you’ll have covered three miles. This walk is one the whole family can do, and you’ll pass cafes and places to rest along the way. The Red Rock Cafe is open during the summer and it’s nestled in the rocks beside the beach, so keep an eye open for it as you go.
The walk starts on the sea wall close to Dawlish train station, and if you want to get the bus back from Dawlish Warren you’ll find regular services along the route (except for Sundays when they’re less frequent). Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve Visitor Centre is packed with handy displays to tell you all you need to know about the area and its wildlife. There’s a bird hide about a mile from the centre which makes for great viewings of wading birds and wildfowl during the winter months.