"Dawlish & The Warren" Dawlish by LouiseTopp

Dawlish Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 53 photos

Dawlish Town

I would say that Dawlish is about ten miles from Teignmouth & not far from Exeter. It's famouse for it's black swans, & amusement arcade's. In the centre of Dawlish is a park with a stream running through the centre with coloured lights hanging over the top, there's a crazy golf area here as well opposite the fountain.

There's many cafes in Dawlish (one called Baileys), a post office, bookshop, Lloyds bank, Coast to Coast gifts, Gays Creamery, charity shops & libuary as well. The railway line passes through Dawlish, so you can watch trains speed by at 100mph as you drink your tea. On Tuesdays is a market & car booty, it's about a bus ride away, down the road is the Warren.

Dawlish is well worth a visit, and you will be surprised at what you will find.

The Centre

The Town Centre has a mixed range of shops plus high street names such as Boots, Woolworths & Somerfields along with smaller independents, offering something for everyone. There are also various eating places catering for all tastes, with traditional pubs, popular cafes & restaurants. In the middle of the town centre is a open park called 'The Lawn'. As the name suggests, the lawn is a very big grass lawn. It has an outdoor bowling green, bandstand for concerts, deckchairs, Tourist Information Centre, ornamental flower beds & hatchery where you can see the new additions to the duck residents on the Brook that flows adjoining to the lawn. Shops lie on either side of The Lawn, with grocers on the strand side & clothes & gift shops on both. Shopping is a enjoyable experience due to the calm, tranquil environment the town has; popping over the brook & back being a essential & customary part of the shopping experience that locals know.

1st - 10th Century settlers in Dawlish

The people who first established in Dawlish lived on the higher grounds. These were fishermen & salt makers who would go down to the coast to net fish & collect salt. Salt was plentiful in rock pools at the time but resources would have been restricted. So finally salterns were made to dry out saltwater or brine & make salt. Salterns are clay huts with a hole in the roof to allow smoke to escape. Large fires are lit beneath clay troughs of brine to disperse water leaving salt crystals. Seawater would not have been used in salterns, but rather, brine shaped by passing fresh water over salt-rich sand composed from beneath the sea & packed into clay troughs. The high-quality salt produced was stored in sheds or saltcellars. Dawlish produced less salt than its neighbour Teignmough, most likely due to inhabitants being wary of Dawlish Water & its irregularity when it came to flooding: Floods could easily wash a man out to sea, although there are no recordings of this. There are reports in the early 19th century of 2 ponies being washed out to sea however.

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  • Pros:Pretty
  • Cons:Dodgy in the rain
  • In a nutshell:Lovely seaside town
  • Last visit to Dawlish: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated Jun 20, 2005
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  • Kettleman's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2006 at 7:36 AM

    Great memories. I've not been to Dawlish Warren for 40 years. As a kid loved the dunes and pushing my brother into the deep sand!

  • kooka3's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2004 at 5:24 PM

    great page! I miss Dawlish. I didn't spend nearly enough time wandering around there. Someday, I'll need to go back.

  • cazz38's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2004 at 1:55 PM

    Great page. Dawlish warren is my favourite beach i live just 20 minutes from it.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2004 at 10:39 AM

    Another lovely page. Well done ... :o)

  • Sep 29, 2004 at 7:06 AM

    Jane, nice page.


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