Locals roll their eyes at the mention of ‘The Warren’. But the unappealing swathes of chalets and amusements can be bypassed easily for the sake of a walk on the extraordinary one-and-a-half mile sand peninsula poking across the mouth of the Exe.
Beyond the beach crowds, the windy dunes are a protected haven with a visitor centre and hides for wildlife spotters. You don’t need to be an expert to marvel at the sight of thousands of wildfowl and waders on the tidal flats of the estuary, particularly over winter. On a wild day, out of season, it offers an atmosphere unlike anywhere in the southwest.