One of the best things about staying close to the sea is that you can enjoy strolls and walks along the beach. Dawlish Warren on the South Devon coast is one of the best beaches for walking due to its length, and it has a Blue Flag too. If you start at the Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve and make your way through the dunes on to the sand you can follow the beach around to the Exmouth water taxi point. The ferry travels from Exmouth regularly, so if you want to pop over the water and have a look around you can be there in minutes.
Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve is a 500 acre landscape and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and you’ll see that it runs behind much of the beach. Keep an eye out for the fences that separate the reserve from the beach as visitors are asked not to enter the nature reserve (so as not to disturb the nesting birds and other wildlife).
The beach rolls on for mile after mile until it reaches the Exe Estuary, so it’s a great choice for a family walk. Officially, this section of the South West Coast Path crosses the river Exe at Starcross, but the water taxi between Exmouth and Dawlish Warren (between April and September) will save you three miles of road walking. You’ll find amusements and refreshments in Dawlish Warren, including mini golf, children’s rides, a shopping area and much more.