Walks from the railway

Walks from Starcross station:


Cockwood
3.3 miles | Moderate
Walk to Cockwood and then enjoy a circular walk from Cockwood harbour. This was created when Brunel built the South Devon line in the 1840s. Continue past marshland full of wildlife then climb up Cofton Hill for magnificent views of the Exe estuary. There has been a settlement in Cockwood since Norman times.

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Powderham
4.4 miles | Moderate
Follow the Exe Valley Trail upstream skirting Powderham Castle and its lovely deer park. Pass the Belvedere folly and the village of Kenton before returning to Starcross via Warborough Hill with its views of the Exe estuary from Topsham to Exmouth. There is some ascent and descent mixed amongst the flat or gently undulating stretches.

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Orcombe Point
5.8 miles | Moderate
Take the ferry across to Exmouth and then travel above a red sandstone/mudstone coastline formed over 250 million years ago in a desert near the Equator. Walk through the sand dunes and check out the wildlife of the Maer Local Nature Reserve. Discover the famous Geoneedle at Orcobe Point.

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Walks from Dawlish Warren station:


Dawlish
2 miles | Easy
This is an easy walk on level roads and paths,taking in some wonderful views along the coast before passing some interesting buildings in this fascinating Regency resort. A good part of the route travels along the sea wall. if the weather is bad or the tide high,take the inland route on the other side of the railway line.

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Cockwood
3.3 miles | Moderate
A walk along the Exe Valley trail to the harbour at Cockwood then a circular walk. Continue past marshland full of wildlife then climb up Cofton Hill for magnificent views of the Exe estuary. There has been a settlement in Cockwood since Norman times. Either return to Dawlish Warren Station or continue up the Exe Valley Trail to Starcross Station.

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Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve
3.2 miles | Easy
Enjoy an easy walk on paths around the Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve, an internationally important wildlife site. From the bird hide overlooking the mudflats it is possible to have up to 30 species of birds in view. Please exercise care around the Warren and check the excellent visitor centre for information.

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Walks from Dawlish station:


Teignmouth
3 miles | Moderate
A walk along the South Devon Railway Sea Wall, Britain’s most photographed stretch of railway line, with great views back over Dawlish and along the South Devon coastline. Enjoy the walk along the sea wall, beside the railway, a trip through the tunnel, as well as the spectacular rock formations and the legends attached to them.

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Dawlish town trail
2 miles | Easy
The walk starts and ends at Dawlish Railway Station and takes in both the development of Dawlish since the 1800s as well as the attractive Old Town. The route is generally flat and undemanding along pavements or tarmac footpaths. Where there are no pavements, any roads walked on are quiet and usually traffic free.

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Dawlish Warren
2.1 miles | Easy
This is an easy walk on level roads and paths, passing some interesting buildings in this fascinating Regency resort before ending up at Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve.There are some wonderful views along the way. Part of the route travels along the sea wall, but if the weather is bad or the tide high,take the inland route on the other side of the railway line.

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Walks from Teignmouth station:


Dawlish
4.7 miles | Moderate
A walk along the South Devon Railway Sea Wall, with great views over Dawlish and a stroll through Teignmouth’s Eastcliff Park, a designated Area of Great Landscape Value. Older children will love the walk along the sea wall, as well as the spectacular rock formations and the legends attached to them. Look out for migrant birds at the mouth of the Teign in spring and autumn.

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Shaldon
3.2 miles | Easy
A walk from Teignmouth Station along a traditional promenade before crossing the River Teign by ferry. Visit the Smuggler’s Tunnel before wandering around the picture perfect riverside village of Shaldon. Apart from a brief walk up Ness Drive this walk keeps to flat pavements and paths. Check the ferry is operating before starting off on this walk.

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Labrador Bay
5.4 miles | Challenging
A walk along the South Devon Railway Sea Wall, Britain’s most photographed stretch of railway line, with great views over Dawlish and a stroll through Teignmouth’s Eastcliff Park, a designated Area of Great Landscape Value. Older children will love the walk along the sea wall, beside the railway, and the trip through the tunnel, as well as the spectacular rock formations and the legends attached to them.

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Walks from Torquay station:


Cockington
3.9 miles | Moderate
Take in this historic, picturesque village, passing through green fields and wooded combes with a beautiful view from the outer reaches of the Cockington Estate down across this hidden valley, is now a Country Park. Back in Cockington take a horse and carriage ride to the South West Coast Path in Livermead followed by a brief walk back to Torquay Station.

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Agatha Christie Mile
3.4 miles | Easy
Immerse yourself in the world of the best-selling author, Agatha Christie. Starting at Torquay Railway Station, travel along Torquay’s seafront passing some of the places associated with her life and works. Each location is marked with a unique plaque.

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Hidden Torquay
5.5 miles | Moderate
The South West Coast Path offers superb walks where it passes through some of Devon’s seaside towns. This is an excellent example. This urban Coast Path walk winds its way eastward through a quiet surprisingly rural area before returning to the station via the harbour , where there are splendid views over the bay.

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Walks from Paignton station:


Harbour & Roundham Head
2.7 miles | Moderate
This very accessible walk around the centre-piece of the bay provides the walker with the colourful and varied activity of Paignton’s picturesque harbour and a headland walk. Visit the pier, enjoy the promenade, walk through the public gardens built by Welsh miners.

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Brixham
5.4 miles | Challenging
An exploration of a living, but tranquil area of countryside and coastline that divides the residential outskirts of Paignton and Brixham. Follow the South West Coast Path from Paignton’s hidden harbour, through the park built by miners, past the setting of one of Agatha Christie’s most famous books to the active fishing port of Brixham, once Torbay’s largest town. Return to Paignton by bus.

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Paignton Town Geology Trail
2 miles | Easy
A stroll through Old Paignton, looking at the rocks used in its buildings and then those on the seafront. Geological features include Permian sandstones and breccias, and Devonian limestone blocks containing fossils, as well as observing the two rocks in the walls of the ancient Bishop’s Palace and the mediaeval link.

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