Walks from Dawlish Station
Dawlish is a product of the Victorian era and the coming of the railway.
Before the building of the railway there was no sea wall. The town was often flooded, notably in 1810 and 1823. The railway, opened in 1846, was the brainchild of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It ran between the land and the sea behind a specifically constructed sea wall. For its first two years it employed the Atmospheric system before being converted to conventional steam trains. The Great Western Railway took it over in 1876.
This is an easy walk on level roads and paths, passing some interesting buildings in this fascinating Regency resort before ending up at Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve.There are some wonderful views along the way. Part of the route travels along the sea wall; but if the weather is bad or the tide high,take the inland route on the other side of the railway line.Read more »
A walk along the South Devon Railway Sea Wall, Britain's most photographed stretch of railway line, with great views back over Dawlish and along the South Devon coastline. Enjoy the walk along the sea wall, beside the railway, a trip through the tunnel, as well as the spectacular rock formations and the legends attached to them.Read more »
The walk starts and ends at Dawlish Railway Station and takes in both the development of Dawlish since the 1800s as well as the attractive Old Town. The route is generally flat and undemanding along pavements or tarmac footpaths. Where there are no pavements, any roads walked on are quiet and usually traffic free.Read more »