During our 2020, 2021 and March 2022 England holidays we visited Dawlish, a traditional seaside town that is centred around the lawn and brook which is home to the famous black swans. The black swans have been in residents since around the early 1900s, there are also a range of other types of birds that can be found here.
For our first visit in 2020 we drove, there is a car park at the top end of Dawlish that is well signposted.
Our second visit in 2021 we arrived by South Devon train from Paignton and in my opinion this is the best way as what a view, the railway runs along the coastline so for most of the journey on your right hand side is the sea, so you can understand why it is considered one of the most scenic railway lines in Britain. The line runs along the coast under the distinct red brown cliffs and through a series of dramatic tunnels, all just a few feet from the shoreline.
Dawlish sits in the middle of South Devon Mainline, part of the Great Western Mainline, which was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The line was first constructed as part of the Atmospheric Railway, a system of using atmospheric power to propel trains with the use of pumping stations, pipes and flaps, this system proved impractical and costly and was abandoned. Pumping stations and exhibits can be seen along the line and in local museums, but the railway, bridges and tunnels he built can still be seen along the route today.
Dawlish is a great family holiday destination, with its long sandy beach ideal for swimming, exploring rock pools or just simply building sandcastles.
The town has loads of interesting shops, either side of a wide open green that has a brook running through the centre of it, its such a pretty place, one particular shop is a big favourite of ours and a must if you are visiting GAYS CREAMERY, you have to try the ice cream here, even in March we could not resist, and cream teas to take away is just a must.
Just a few miles down the road (or rail) is Dawlish Warren, a beautiful nature reserve with sand dunes, a blue flag beach and a bird watchers paradise.by