How about walking the most photographed stretch of railway line in Britain? The 4.7 mile walk between Teignmouth and Dawlish follows one of Britain’s most dramatic stretches of railway line and the views are incredible.
This is a circular walk, but if you want to you can always catch a train back to Teignmouth from Dawlish and admire the views as you relax. This walk has a difficulty grading of moderate, but it’s the best way to take in the beauty of the south Devon coastline and there are refreshments in both towns to keep you going. Much of this walk follows the sea wall, and as the trains zoom by right beside the walkway it’s always great fun waving at the passengers on board.
Look out for the tunnel as you veer away from the sea wall to climb Smuggler’s Lane, as it’s one of five built along this stretch of coast by Brunel. This tunnel is called Parson’s Tunnel, after the Parson and Clerk rocks that can still be seen off the headland. Local lore has it that the pair of them were turned to stone after being lured by the devil, but we’ll let you make your own minds up on that one.
This walk follows the sea wall for much of the route, so remember to check the tide times before starting this walk - you’ll be guaranteed wet feet if you get caught out!