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.