Dawlish Warren marks the point where the coastline of South Devon becomes East Devon. On the mouth of the River Exe, with Exmouth on the opposite side, there are some great views along the coast.
So what is there and who will Dawlish Warren appeal to? The main trait of the area is the high number of holiday parks, with numerous static caravans in the area. Indeed there is no village centre in the traditional sense, rather there are shops, pubs and takeaways in-between the holiday parks. So it’s possible to find a cash machine, a daily newspaper and pint of milk in Dawlish Warren without having to drive too far.
Alongside the holiday parks, there is a path to the seafront where you will find a small amusement park, beachside takeaway food, pub toilets and beach shop and amusement arcade. There is also a large car park and train station on the beach, and a nature reserve with walks through the sand dunes.
So Dawlish Warren has a lot to offer young children and families, from the amusements and rides to the sandy beach. The size of the beach varies with the tide, but has good amenities including lifeguards in the summer. A seafront promenade is a popular walk with everyone with the estuary in one direction and Dawlish in the other.
The Nature Reserve extends to 500 acres of sand dunes, grass and mudflats on the edge of the Exe estuary. There is a visitor centre where you can learn more about the birds and plants which can be found here. Pathways provide open access to the reserve and there is no charge to visit.
It does get busy if the weather is good in the summer so queues form for ice-creams and spaces in the car park become more prized. So if you are looking for a family-friendly seaside holiday, Dawlish Warren will tick many of the boxes with a choice of accommodation in the holiday parks and plenty to amuse children.
More information about Dawlish Warren http://www.dawlishwarren.info/