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Dawlish Warren and Beaches

Dawlish Warren Beach


Dawlish Warren beach lies further up the riviera coast coming to its end point at the Exe estuary that separates it from Exmouth . The beach is smooth and sandy with patches of grass banks in dunes further inland. The terrain can often provide shelter for bathers during the hot season when the weather hits its peaks.

The sea water is a clear blue and moves slowly north usually with a gentle current. It is protected from sewage due to the modern sewage systems of downstream towns such as dawlish. The dog restrictions and litter prohibition further enforce the cleanliness of the region, and this has gained it the seaside blue flag award.

During the summer season the waters are active with bathers and sea-sporters. Jet-skiing is common, and locals provide the hire of such vehicles. Overlooking the activities is a team of lifeguards, constantly vigilant and enforcing a feeling of safety and security for families.

Dawlish Warren Beach

Dawlish Warren Beach

On the mainland the Warren provides many amenities for the visitor. The amusement arcades and small funfair are a familiar scene to those seeking seaside entertainment, though this is just a fraction of what Dawlish Warren has to offer.

The nature reserve is one of the regions protected spots with rare wildlife including flowers and birds. Situated close to the beach and connected to the coastal paths that run from Teignmouth, Powderham, Cockwood and Starcross, it is ideal for ramblers and those who enjoy wildlife.

photo Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 1st April - 30th Sept between the lifeguard tower and groyne 3 on the beach. From 1st May - 30th Sept on a 230 metre section of the beach, west of Red Rock Cafe (follow seawall from Dawlish Warren to Dawlish), nor beyond groyne 9 main beach (all year round). Dogs are permitted all year round on the section of the beach directly to the right of the lifeguard tower (tidal beach) and between groyne 4 and 9 on the main beach. Around the main resort and nature reserve all dogs must be kept on leads, no more than 2 metres in length, all year round.

Know your flags

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Red and yellow flags

Lifeguarded area: safest place to swim, bodyboard and use inflatables.

Black and white chequered flags

For surfboards, kayaks and other non-powered craft. Never swim or bodyboard here.

Orange windsock

Shows offshore winds or unsafe water conditions - never use an inflatable when the sock is flying.

Red Flag

Danger! Never go in the water when the red flag is up, under any circumstances.


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