Dawlish Warren

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Dawlish Warren
Dawlish Warren Devon England.jpg
The beach at Dawlish Warren
Grid reference: SX979786
Location: 50°35’53"N, 3°26’38"W
Post town: DAWLISH
Postcode: EX7
Dialling code: 01626
Local Government
Council: Teignbridge
Newton Abbot

Dawlish Warren is a small seaside resort village near the town of Dawlish on the south coast of Devon. Dawlish Warren consists almost entirely of holiday accommodation and facilities for holiday-makers especially caravan sites.

It is situated at the mouth of the Exe Estuary opposite Exmouth and has a beach, a National Nature Reserve[1] spanning 505 acres and a golf course.

The renowned sand spit at Dawlish Warren is the location of both the golf course and the nature reserve which was declared a National Nature Reserve in 2000. This spit has reduced in size within the past century due to erosion partly caused by the installation of a breakwater at Langstone Rock to the South West which traps sand from the local sandstone cliffs and interrupts the natural sediment flow of the area.[2]

The resort is popular with holidaymakers. To visit the resort it is possible to travel by train as the local railway station is situated within a few minutes walk of the beach. Dawlish Warren railway station is located between Dawlish and Starcross stations, and is very busy in the summer.

Dawlish can be reached by a walk of a mile and a half southwest along the South Devon Railway sea wall.


The Dawlish Warren economy relies heavily on tourism, and in particular on the many caravan and camping parks in the village which add over 15,000 to the local population during the summer months. There are several holiday parks which attract visitors from all over the UK, but in particular the West Midlands and South Wales. The major holiday parks are Welcome, Cofton, Golden Sands, Dawlish Sands, Peppermint Park, Lady's Mile and Oakcliff.

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