Teign Crest, Ensuite Bed & Breakfast Accommodation Shaldon

Teignmouth

A lively sea side town, boasting an array of shops and cafes and also a sandy beach complete with pier and an outdoor public swimming pool. Teignmouth is also a working commercial shipping port, located on the estuary of the River Teign. The town is ideally placed to explore the attractions and natural beauty of the local area, with Torquay, Exeter, Dawlish and Dartmoor all within a short drive.
  • Spend a day relaxing on one of the fabulous beaches
  • Explore the surrounding area and Dartmoor and the Templar Trail
  • Walk along the seafront and enjoy the timeless splendour of the classic pier and stunning views over the river
Teignmouth is a charming town packed with seaside charm and with a quaint, unspoilt feel and bags of local character. Perfect for a stroll along the Victorian pier or for a lazy day spent relaxing on the long stretches of golden sand, the town is also packed with interesting days out and some charming coastal and country walks.

When it comes to family attractions, Teignmouth Pier is still amongst the best! Teignmouth Pier has jutted proudly from the quaint seaside town since 1867, and remains a hub of life and activity during the summer months.

The pavilion's shops, amusements and rides continue to attract families holidaying in the area year after year, and there are children's rides, a go-kart track and plenty of amusements to keep the family entertained!

The Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum offers a fascinating insight into the area's long and surprising maritime history. It provides visitors with an understanding of the town and its people, and includes displays detailing Teignmouth's maritime influence, railways, mysteries and air history.

A quaint passenger ferry operates daily from Teignmouth to Shaldon beach and gives the opportunity to enjoy the estuary at close quarters during the ten minute trip - bring your camera and make the most of the sights as you pass sailing boats, river craft and local fishing boats returning with the day's catch. The ferry is England's oldest passenger ferry and has operated between the two scenic destinations since the 10 century.

Things to do in Teignmouth

We have tried to keep the below advice local, i.e. those that activities within a 10 minute drive from Cross Park. They are not meant to be a comprehensive list of activities, but provide a taster of what can be found in the South Devon area.

Walker:
The South West coast path is 50 metres from the gate with a choice of either going towards Dawlish or Teignmouth and then taking the passenger ferry to Shaldon. Just across the road there is a cliff top walk through Mules Park then into Teignmouth. Alternatively, you can walk towards Dawlish, turn right towards smugglers cove, then follow the sea wall along the beach to Teignmouth. If the tide is high and there are waves you may get wet!

Starting from Shaldon is the Templer Way, an 18 mile ancient route that follows the transport of granite from Hay Tor on Dartmoor down to the sea.

There are several Local Nature Reserves that provide good walks. Little Haldon Heaths on the B3192 opposite the golf course, Ideford Common, a little further along the B3192, the Ness and Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve provide a sample of places where good walks and stunning views are available.

Cyclist:
Devon is renowned for it's peace and quiet - and it's hills, so flat routes are not that common. Part of the national cycle network passes just outside the door and the coast road between Torguay and Exeter is very picturesque.

There are also specialist cycle trails with the Exe Estuary Trail providing a traffic free flat route from Powderham right into the middle of Exeter, where there are also hire facilities. There are also signed cycle routes in Haldon Forest and Newton Abbot (Templer Way and Decoy Park). These routes also provide good walks.

Teignmouth is on the main train line to the West Country. As well as trains to Exeter, Plymouth, Penzance and Bristol, there is a regular 'tram' service between Paignton and Exmouth calling at all three Exeter stations.

We can recommend day trips to Exeter, Totnes, Barnstaple (along the Tarka Line) and Exmouth with a possible stop at Topsham.

Golfer:
For the crazy golfer there is a 12 hole adventure course on the Den in Teignmouth.

As a step up there are approach golf courses at Dawlish and Shaldon.

The closest golf course is Teignmouth Golf Club designed by the same person who laid out the Augusta National.

Naturalist:
The Exe and Teign Estuaries provide an ecological Mecca with something to keep you interested all year. The Exe estuary is a haven for migrating birds and many other forms of wildlife. The local nature reserves (see above) also provide some good opportunities for the visiting naturalist.

Sailor and canoeist:
For some of the activities below you will need local tide times.

Not only are the Exe and Teign estuary well worth exploring, but you are within easy reach of Torquay, Brixham and onwards towards the rest of the West Country boating facilities. See Teignmouth Harbour Commission website for a detailed overview of this working harbour.

There are several active Yacht Clubs in the area including Teign Corinthian, Shaldon Yacht Club and Starcross Yacht Club all of whom organise dingy racing and some offer training courses.

Seasports is a local company that offers a wide range of kayaking, windsurfing and sailing activities around the Teign estuary. RYA accredited courses provide professional tuition for both sailing and powerboat courses.

If you want to launch a boat there are excellent facilities at Polly Steps with a ramp that is accessible for most of the tide.

Fisherman:
The sea fishing around Teignmouth is some of the best on the South Coast. For the shore fisherman, Teignmouth sea front, Berry Head and Babbacombe Pier all provide good fishing. The Torbay fishing website provides more information.

The Atlantis2 Charter boat operates out of Teignmouth (Tel: 07855 486893 or 01626 778759) or there are other boats operating out of Exmouth and Torquay.

Mackerel fishing trips are run regularly from back beach and provide good fun as well as something to eat.

There is salmon and sea trout angling in a number of nearby rivers, including the River Teign. For the coarse fisherman there is plenty of choice in local lakes as well as the canal and local rivers.

Diver:
With numerous wrecks within an hour of Teignmouth there is plenty for the active diver as well as the beach from Babbacombe if it gets a bit rough. Contact the local Teign Diving Centre for more information.

Explorer:
Canonteign Falls near Chudleigh not only fall 220ft (67m) but are surrounded by beautiful woodlands and lakes.

On the River Dart lies Buckfast Abbey a working monastery where Buckfast Tonic wine is still produced by the monks.

We are not the first to have seen the attraction of living in South Devon so there are several stately homes as tributes. Powderham Castle on the banks of the Exe Estuary has a deer park and farm shop as well as hosting Antique Fairs, rallies and concerts. Killerton House is a National Trust property with a costume collection and fine grounds. Castle Drogo is the last castle built in England and enjoys spectacular views towards Dartmoor from the Haldon hills. Finally, Ugbrooke Park at Chudleigh provides a more intimate setting although opening times are limited.

Local beaches:
If all of the above is too much, why not just enjoy relaxing by the sea? Apart from Teignmouth main beach there is also Back Beach on the river and Shaldon Beach just across the estuary. For somewhere a little quieter, we suggest you try Ness Cove where you have to go through a smugglers tunnel and past lime kilns, or Coryton Cove near Dawlish is usually quiet apart from the occasional train.

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