Route Highlight


The promenade, sandy beach, lido and pier seem standard classic seaside offerings – but exploring a narrow maze of old streets behind them leads to one of Devon’s most bohemian spots. At Back Beach fishing boats are drawn up on sheltered sands and nautical pubs face the busy estuary. It’s an area full of artists’ studios, quirky shops and cafes.

A foot ferry crosses to the pink cottages of Shaldon. You’ll find a tunnel leads through the distinctive red rock headland called The Ness to another hidden beach.

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Dawlish Warren

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.

The Exe Estuary

If you followed our recommendations along the east side of the Exe estuary, you’ll need no persuasion to visit the west side. This is one of the southwest’s largely undiscovered gems.


It’s easy to bypass the SW660’s biggest and busiest resort but we think there are plenty of reasons not to – starting with some sensational coastal driving.


With one of the West’s best waterfronts and yachting harbours, try to approach Dartmouth from the water using one of two car ferries crossing the estuary.

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