The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A fabulous traditional village pub with cosy interior and roaring log fire to keep you warm in winter, and a lovely vine patio for al fresco dining. Food is freshly prepared using seasonal produce and locally sourced where possible.
The village of Holcombe is a short walk away so park in the village and walk down Smugglers Lane under the railway line to the cove. It's a quiet spot made up of shingle and sand with the dramatic red cliffs above. Dogs are welcome year round.
This lovely five and a half mile walk takes in the picturesque Victorian town of Dawlish. The terrain is easy, meandering along the Coast Path when its low tide and inland during high tide or bad weather. Take your dog with you as you will pass beaches and dog friendly pubs en-route.
Walk from Dawlish Warren to Dawlish
Good parking and a pleasant walk between the sea and coastal train line. Dogs allowed on buses so could go onto Teignmouth and explore more.
Once a busy resort in Georgian and Victorian times, Dawlish now has a tranquil, relaxed feel. Some fine period architecture adds to the classic English seaside atmosphere and Dawlish has some very pretty ‘civic’ spaces – the Lawn is a public park that provides a beautifully green heart to the town through which a shallow river known as Dawlish Water runs, heading for the nearby sea in a series of small waterfalls; throughout the evening, coloured fairy lights along this waterway create a little magic for strollers.
Shaldon is an unspoilt village situated on the mouth of the river Teign between Torquay and Teignmouth. It has a thriving livelyhood based on the estuary. On a clear day, Portland Bill can even be seen despite being 50 miles away. A pretty village with two churches, a boutique, butcher, coffee shop and many conserved areas for all to enjoy.
The London, The Ferry Boat and the Clifford all good pubs. The London Inn and The Clipper are the places to eat.
Lovely walk with our dog along the estuary into Shaldon village with a few shops/cafes. London Inn pub by the bowling green friendly pub with excellent beer and food (Best to book for Sunday lunch). If you don't like the Hi De Hi type holiday with amusements and cheap trinket shops then this is a place to visit
Very English Shaldon
A little hidden gem this village right on the seafront facing Teignmouth on the estuary, nice stylish shops and narrow streets with a bowling green and several nice pubs with good food.
Lovely pretty village, with a host of beautiful places to eat and drink. We tried the live music at the Ferryboat Inn, and had a lovely early evening looking out over the harbour from their beer garden. The shops were good quality, though during the off-season (October) I presume they have shorter opening hours (10-4 average) and some appeared closed. Everyone we met was very friendly, and the atmosphere was relaxed and refined.
Fabulous estuary village
Complete with its full range of shops, restaurants/pubs and beachesSo much to see- the village has a great website.
Shaldon village life
Shaldon village hosts a variety of activities throughout the summer. There is a market on the village green in traditional costume every week and the well know water carnival where sand castle competitions and decorated boats abound. The highlight of the year has to be Shaldon Regatta, which takes place around the late summer bank holiday in August where everyone is welcome to enter and regatta boats are available if you don't have your own. Also five-a-side football, beach volleyball, swimming competitions and sandcastle competitions abound. Highly recommended.
One of England's oldest working ferries, the Teign Ferry provides a regular service between Teignmouth and Shaldon across a picturesque harbour estuary. The first recorded service across the Teign dates all the way back to the 10th Century.
Pay the ferryman (except for dogs)
Single adult fare of£1.60 is great value as the car parking is not cheap and you can have a couple of ales.
The friendly seal
The Teign passenger ferry ploughs its way from Shaldon beach to Teignmouth and back just about every day of the year. It is great fun for the children and if you are lucky you might spy the friendly grey seal that pops its head up in the estuary from time to time. Look out for cormorants diving for fish and if the water ripples - then a whole shoal of mackerel or other small fish are under the surface.
There is a friendly local seal who often pops his head up to say hello to people using the ferry.
This secluded beach can only be reached through an old smugglers tunnel down a sloping path and steps. It's sheltered due to the surrounding cliffs and mainly comprises of shingle. Great for swimming and fishing, there is no lifegaurd cover. Dogs are welcome year round and there is ample parking close by.
Good to explore and come out on lovely red, sandy beach.
Lots of steps to get to the beach - do not attempt with a pushchair! Nice beach once you get there.
As the owner of a dog that has selective deafness when off the lead , Ness Cove was the perfect beach. Dogs are allowed all year round and as it can only be reached through an old Smugglers Tunnel, you can let your dogs off the lead in the confident knowledge that they will not wander off chasing after some errant squirrel or rabbit! Parking is free between November and March and you can get a great meal or snack at the Ness Hotel!
Ness beach is accessed through a smugglers tunnel, which winds through the red sandstone cliff; thoughts of ages past when smugglers trod these paths are very real. The beach itself is a surprise when you get there, wide and sweeping, with tall cliffs behind, there is no other access to the beach except at very low tides when you can get around the headland on the rocks. Perfect for dog walking, listening to the thunder of the surf, or watching the sun come up. Good sandy beach for children, but bathing can be dangerous for children at high tide.
Teignmouth has all the attractions of a seaside town, including a Victorian pier, together with the fascinating activity of a working port - large ships, fishing vessels and pleasure craft move between the sea and the estuary.
The other side
A visit to Teignmouth using the ferry is well worth the effort even if you just buy some of the excellent fresh crab sandwiches from the Crab Shack Deli.
Teignmouth is a great town with a wide sandy beach, perfect for swimming and children.The Den behind the beach houses bowls, a wonderful childrens play park and open green space for picnics.
Agatha Christie's holiday home nestles on a crook of the River Dart in a beautiful woodland garden that is home to such horticultural treasures as Monterey pines, eucalyptus, China roses, myrtle and Turkey oaks. For a magical experience that's also kind to the environment, travel there by boat. 'Green ways' ferries leave from Dartmouth, Brixham and Torquay. Following a major restoration project, The National Trust has re-opened the house to the public, where quirky collections of memorabillia offer a glimpse into the private life of the well-loved crime writer. For house opening times and an events list, please visit the Web site.
Well worth a visit
Best place we visited
Former house of Agatha Christie
Amazing grounds and lovely views of the Dart.
Lovely day out
This house is in the most beautiful spot, you could really imagine living there. The gardens are gorgeous and the walk beside the river is great for body and soul - look out for the resident seal!
Well worth a visit
The setting exquisite. Such lovely views. A walk to the boathouse a must. Trails for the children excellent.
The journey to the house by way of the National Trust ferry was enjoyable as was the walk back to Dartmouth along the Dart Valley Trail and ferry (higher or lower will do, the former is cheaper). Unfortunately the house itself was a little disappointing with an over cluttered interior that did not really tell any particular story. There were bits and pieces of interest but overall it seemed as though everything from different times and sources was put in that could be which detracted. The entry to the house is timed but we still felt that it was over-crowded and NT should consider making the house visits guided only. The walled gardens were good with a beautifully restored peach house providing a highlight.
Well worth a visit to this house, an effort to get there as you can't go by car unless you pre-book. It was a nice ride there in the boat but you would need good weather. Lovely spring flowers in the grounds. Cafe/restaurant disappointing as there were no main meal available.
Enjoyed by All
A lovely house in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the River Dart. Good to see the interiors haven't been messed around with and still look as if Agatha and her family have just popped out for a minute. I can see why she loved it so much and the gardens are a delight. Thoroughly enjoyed by all - including a 22 year old male! Well worth a visit but, if arriving by car, don't forget to pre-book a parking space.
A lovely boat ride from Dartmouth, but overall the house was disappointing. A hotch potch interior and hard to believe it was inhabited up until 2004. All furniture pre-dates the turn of the last century. The children did enjoy completing their quiz sheets 'can you find' and I can really recommend the pasties in the coffee takeaway shop (not the main cafe).
An inspirational place!
This beautiful house set in wonderful surrounding is well worth a visit. It is easy to see why Agatha Christie loved this place and penned a number of her novels here. The surrounding woodlands with views of the River Dart are superb. You can take a ferry from Dartmouth to get to Greenway but we chose to take the foot ferry from Dittisham (another charming little place). I would highly recommend a visit to this lovely area.
Visiting Greenway is a lovely way to spend the day, they also have occasional events so it is worth having a look before you go to see if any take your fancy. If you like gardens, I would recommend visiting Greenway as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
'The Loveliest Place in the World'
Agatha Christie was right to call this the 'loveliest place in the world'. Arriving by ferry is really the best way to see it. A stroll in the pretty woodland gardens followed by some delicious homemade food in the Barn Cafe, rounded off with the return trip on the ferry makes for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
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