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The Teignmouth and Dawlish Way

September 4, 2010

One of my most enjoyable experiences of late has been helping to devise a route for the Teignmouth and Dawlish Way, a 14 mile route linking those two south Devon holiday resorts, by a very circuitous route, following old footpaths and green lanes via the villages of Bishopsteignton, Luton, Ideford and Ashcombe. Hopefully, next year, the route will be extended, providing a country walk back from Dawlish to Teignmouth.

This area of Devon is much neglected by walkers, and this longer walk gives ample opportunity to explore quieter backwaters of Devon. The 14 miles can be walked in a day by fitter ramblers, or the Way can be broken up into shorter sections. The T & D Way has been a great success in its first year, selling a thousand copies of the official guide.

After walking the lowest part of the Teign estuary, the path climbs through unspoiled countryside to the heathlands of little and Great Haldon Hills, before descending into the valley of the Dawlish Water, a place little changed by time, and then walking an old ridge path back to Dawlish.

If you have a day to spare don’t miss this walk. For a couple of quid you can buy the official guide book in the local tourist information centres, or look online at teignramblers.org.uk, the website of the Teignmouth and Dawlish group of the Ramblers Association, who publish the colour guide book, which has all the maps you need.

Don’t miss it! Although I say it as shouldn’t, this is a good walk.

Thank you for all the positive comments about this blog and my Walking Britain website www.johnbainbridgewriter.com Your comments and support are very much appreciated.

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