"Welcome to Tinmuth..." Teignmouth by johngayton
Teignmouth Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 48 photos
...as it's pronounced locally.
A lot of South Devon is very "Anglicised", by which I mean it has been so overun by HCER's (Home Counties Economic Refugees) that it doesn't seem to be Devon at all.
Teignmouth however has managed to maintain a proper Devonian character and despite the rows of holiday lets overlooking the harbour retains a working town feel.
The town is located on the spur of land jutting out from the north bank of the estuary of its eponymous river and faces onto the English Channel. The river's mouth forms a natural harbour which has been further protected by the construction of the sea walls.
The harbour is still very much in use which is home to a small local fishing fleet and the port still handles larger vessels with cargoes of Devon clay, grain and timber.
1846 saw the completion of Brunel's "Atmospheric Railway" (see my Starcross page for further info) and boosted the town's burgeoning tourist trade. The railway line literally runs along the sea wall and at high tide on stormy days the waves crash over the tracks. The cliff-face behind the railway is the soft red sandstone particular to this section of coast and is subject to erosion and regular landslips. Between them the sea and the rockfalls make this section of railtrack one of the most expensive in the UK to maintain.
The sea wall is part of the Southwest Coast Path which at high tides becomes impassable. This requires a detour through the town itself which is just as dangerous as attempting the footpath, but for different reasons ;-HIC!
As a town Teignmouth is pretty laid-back. The pedestrianised main streets offer a good selection of independent and national shops and services and around the town there's plenty of characterful pubs. Folk are friendly and chatty and whilst the local culinary scene seems to centre around fish'n chips it is GOOD fish'n chips.
- Pros:LOADS'A PUBS!!
- Cons:Can't Remember Any ;)
- In a nutshell:Friendly Folk, Fish 'n Chips and Much, Much More!
With its sheltered harbour leading out to the open seas of the English Channel Teignmouth is one of the south coast's... more travel advice
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