Rod & Maggie’s Dawlish Warren Walk – Saturday 29th May

It was a warm sunny day, with a clear blue sky as 24 members met at Dawlish railway station for Rod & Maggie’s walk to Dawlish Warren and return.

The sea wall is inaccessible from the station at present owing to the work being carried out by Network Rail, so we had to climb up through the arch to the main road. On reaching the path on the right we descended to where it forks and took the left hand track, up to the cycle track which we followed all the way to Dawlish Warren.

As expected on a fine Bank holiday weekend Dawlish Warren was very busy but we paused here for a comfort break and a drink. Next we entered the warren heading for groyne 9, which we reached via the woodland area adjacent to the golf course. We scrambled down to the beach and proceeded towards the river for a half mile, before stopping to have lunch with fine views across the river to Exmouth. We could see people sitting in the sunshine on Exmouth beach and the promenade looked very busy.

After lunch we retraced our steps to Dawlish Warren for another drinks break, before following the sea wall back to Dawlish. Once more we had to take the main road diversion before rejoining the path back to the station.

This is a lovely walk at any time of the year and although Dawlish Warren was very busy it is surprising how quiet it can be beyond the sand dunes at the far end of the beach. We all had a lovely day and enjoyed each other’s company.

Rod W