Walk - Teignmouth to Shaldon circular

4.3 miles (6.9 km)

Lower Point Car Park, The Strand, Teignmouth Lower Point Car Park, The Strand, Teignmouth

Easy - This walk keeps to flat pavements and paths apart from a short steep ascent and descent from Shaldon village to Homeyards Botanical Gardens. 

Teignmouth Lower Point Carpark is the start of this Easy Access walk which covers 4 miles. It leads through the town, hugging the quay, and across the river to the pretty village of Shaldon where there are plenty of places to enjoy the far-reaching, commanding views. Please be aware that short stretches of this walk are along quiet roads, so please take care.

Checked by SWCPA Volunteer – September 2022.


There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Brunswick House

Located in a quiet spot close to the Teignmouth to Shaldon Ferry, Brunswick House offers single, double and family rooms and a hearty, locally sourced breakfast.

The Thornhill

A warm welcome awaits you in our elegant Georgian building, situated on the seafront, comprising 10 comfortable well-appointed bedrooms, each furnished with flat-screen TV.

Farthings B&B

Located on the edge of the beautiful village of Shaldon on the South Devon coast. Built in 1797 and still retaining its original character Free wi-fi. Hearty breakfasts

Longmeadow Farm Campsite & Self Catering Accommodation

Where the coast meets the country. Relaxed camping on a family farm, two shepherd's huts and three self catering cottages. Ideal for those exploring the Coast Path.

The Hen's Dens at Orchard Organic Farm

Camping at The Hen's Dens at Orchard Organic Farm

Halekulani Devon

Halekulani Devon Homestay for discerning guests with spa, private use heated pool, tennis and pristine views.

Jubilee Cottage

Dog friendly 2 bedroom cottage in the seaside town of Dawlish in South Devon.

Parkdean Resorts Torquay Holiday Park

Just 15 minutes’ drive from the waterfront, Torquay Holiday Park has the perfect mix of on-park activities and accommodation choices .

Castle Retreats

Castle Annexe offers super-king or twin beds in a cosy, one dog friendly setting, nestled within historic St Marychurch.

Rooms At Babbacombe

Rooms At Babbacombe offers stylish room only and B&B accommodation, as well as a stunning self-contained, self-catering holiday cottage.

Rose Court Holiday Apartments

Rose Court are self contained holiday apartments with free Parking set in a delightful Victorian villa with glorious gardens, 5 minutes from the South West Coastal Path.

Sea Breeze Guest House

We are a Bed and Breakfast with views across Babbacombe Downs and the Jurassic coast. We offer large ensuite rooms, fabulous breakfasts and refreshments on our terrace.

Coastguard Cottage

Small, cosy cottage accommodatioon with all rooms en-suite and with wifi. Close to many amenities. A substantial breakfast is provided.
You'll be spoilt for choice for where to eat and drink along the Path. With lots of local seasonal food on offer, fresh from the farm, field and waters. Try our local ales, ciders, wines and spirits, increasing in variety by the year, as you sit in a cosy pub, fine dining restaurant or chilled café on the beach. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Cafe ODE @ Ness Cove

Sustainable cafe located at Ness Cove. Family friendly food that doesn't cost the earth.

Salty Dog Kiosk

Relax in the sun where smugglers ran contraband off the beach into the night. Great coffee, proper scones & ice creams. 10am-4pm every day.

Cafe Rio SUP & Kayak Hire

Our refurbished beach café, offers a great range of local fresh food, luxury ice cream, barista coffees, teas, cold drinks, cakes & snacks, perfect for breakfast or lunch

Daisy's Tea Room

Traditional Tea Room serving tea, coffee, light lunches, cream teas and lots of cake!

Three Degrees West

Three Degrees West is a daytime cafe & takeaway on the stunning Oddicombe Beach in Babbacombe on the outskirts of Torquay. Inside & outside dining right beside the sea.

What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

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Route Description

  1. Starting at the RNLI shop at the entrance of Lower Point Car Park proceed along the Strand in the direction of the town centre. Bear left along Northumberland Place and continue past several hostelries. Turn left at Osmonds Lane (a pedestrian alleyway) and then right at the New Quay Inn. Cross the road at the end of the lane and on to the pavement. Proceed to your left, past a large blue building.


  1. At the junction of Quay Road and Old Quay Street, with the entrance to Port of Teignmouth on your left and Addicott Electrics Ltd directly in front, cross the road and proceed up Customs House Hill (the road sign says ‘Leading to Willow Street’). Follow the lane as bends to the left and then to your right.


  1. Proceed over the railway bridge and immediately turn left. Continue along the pavement until you reach a narrow strip of garden maintained by the Guerilla Gardening Club. Turn right up Clay Lane (12-degree slope for 25m) and take the first left into Bitton Avenue. Cars are usually parked on the footpath on either side of this quiet street so it will be necessary for you to proceed along the Avenue.


  1. Cross Park Hill Road and enter Bitton Park through wrought iron gates. The footpath leads around Bitton House, which houses Teignmouth Town Council.. Follow the footpath as it dips down to Bitton Court Private Road. Turnto your right and approach the main A379 road. Turn left at the A379 and continue on the pavement, past the shops and the Bus Stop. Continue straight ahead, keeping left at the traffic lights and follow the footpath as it dips down to Shaldon Bridge.


  1. Upon reaching the end of Shaldon Bridge, turn left at the Church of St Peter and the Apostle and proceed along the Riverside. The quiet lane bends to the right and becomes Albion Street. In 50m, take the first left and re-join the Riverside walk. Continue straight ahead.


  1. The lane bends to the right at the back of the Clipper Café and joins the Strand. Turn left on to the Strand and continue ahead for 150m, past the Public Toilets on the left. At the junction of the Strand, Horse Lane and Marine Parade, it is possible to proceed along a short promenade and sit awhile on one of the 24 wooden benches overlooking the beach.


  1. Return to the junction of Horse Lane, and follow the sign to the Botanical Gardens, going up the hill (12 degree slope) to a set of steps leading to Homeyards Botanical Gardens. Turn left at the steps and continue up the hill past a red stone wall.


  1. Just beyond the bend in the road, turn right into the(unsignposted)  Homeyard Botanical Gardens small carpark. Proceed up and over the carpark and on to the footpath. Continue along the pavement past the Castle to the UPPER corner of the park. Pass through a wooden gate and continue along the footpath for approximately 150m, past the Bus Stop.


  1. At the intersection of Commons Old Road (leading to Oak Tree Grove) and the A379 Torquay Road, dismount the pavement and continue round and down Commons Old Road. The road slopes steeply down (15 degree slope) for approx. 100m. At the bottom, veer to the right for 100m. Cross Dagmar Street and enter the little lane opposite, with Shaldon’s Conservative Club on your right. Turn right at the Wesley Church, and then, immediately left into Bell’s Court, a pedestrianised alleyway.


  1. Cross the Village Green and enter the pedestrianised alleyway to the left of the London Inn. Turn left and proceed back along the Riverside walk. At the end of the lane, turn left at Port View House then sharply right on to Albion Street. Proceed down the lane. Turn right at the Church of St Peter and the Apostle and retrace your steps back over Shaldon Bridge. Continue up and over, past the traffic lights, past the bus stop, past the shops to the blue and white cast iron gates of Bitton Court. Go through the gates on to the private road and turn left up the path around Bitton House. Pass through the iron gate on the far side and continue back along on to Bitton Avenue. Turn right on to Clay Lane for 25m, then left. Follow the footpath then turn right over the railway bridge on to Willow Street. Next, turn left on to Custom House Hill and return to Quay Road with Addicott Electrics and the Port of Teignmouth this time on your right.


  1. Turn left on the pavement at Quay Road and cross the road. Turn right along Teign Street with the pub on the left. Continue straight down Teign Street and on through the (pedestrianised) shopping district. Cross Fore Street and proceed almost directly ahead along Bank Street.


  1. At the set of traffic lights turn right on to Den Road. Proceed towards the seafront and the promenade. Cross Den Cresent and take the path across The Den (park). Turn right at The Pier and return to the Start / End Point at Lower Point Car Park.


Shorter option

It is possible to catch the No. 22 bus from the bus stop at the exit to Shaldon Botanic Gardens, returning to Teignmouth Town Centre. This would shorten the walk by 1.5 to 2 miles.

Public transport

The nearest bus stop is outside the Post Office on Den Road (and is actually passed by this walking route). This is served by No.2 bus service from Exeter or Newton Abbot. No. 22 bus service from Torquay and Paignton. Also, the No. 222 open top bus service from Dawlish Warren to Paignton via Teignmouth (seasonal service)

There is  a regular train service from Exeter St Davids or Torquay via Newton Abbot; the railway station is approx. 0.5mile from the start of the walk.

It is possible to catch the No. 22 bus from the bus stop at the exit to Shaldon Botanic Gardens, returning to Teignmouth Town Centre. This would shorten the walk by 1.5 to 2 miles.


Public car park at the start, with charges paid for with payment card or cash or Ringo app. There are 7 disabled parking places near to the entrance.


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