Dawlish Warren – not a rabbit to be seen …..

The woodland walk, owned and private to the site but just off site if that makes sense is wonderful – this morning we had it to ourselves, as the sun rose. It is not huge but plenty big enough for Poppydog to tear around for an hour – crashing her way through the undergrowth and fallen leaves – there is no chance of her catching any wildlife unawares! There are a couple of viewing points, as it sits on relatively high ground, where you can look down on the River Exe across to Exmouth.

The Woodland also serves as a good cut through down to Dawlish Warren, which we went to explore during the day. I am not sure where the ‘Warren’ bit came from but it is surely that – though not of rabbits but of holiday homes! Static caravans everywhere- all packed in, row after row, holiday park after holiday park. All with typical cheesy names ‘Golden Sands’, ‘Welcome Holiday Park’, ‘Dawlish Sands’ to name but a few, interspersed with holiday chalets and yes the odd residential looking property.

Oh dear, not what I was expecting, still we pressed on past the amusement parks to walk along the sea front. It didn’t really improve here either, a high sea defence wall on one side of the tarmac path with the railway running along the other side as we headed towards Dawlish. Some light relief was provided by the spectacular Langstone Rock and the start of the long strip of beach into Dawlish for some Poppydog time chasing stones.

Hideous amusement parks – especially depressing when closed

Uninviting stretch of the Coastal Path

Langstone Rock – the man on the top was trainspotting would you believe!

Dawlish Beach

Birdseye view!

Wanting to save the walk into Dawlish for another day, we returned to DW and walked along the spit of land which is home to the main beach and the nature reserve. The main beach was full of families and dogs, so we will return during the week when I am sure it will be quieter and though we didn’t go deep into the nature reserve – it all looked rather dreary and tired (hopefully just the time of year?).

Main – much acclaimed beach at Dawlish Warren

So, yes while we had a good walk and enjoyed our day – are we impressed? Fraid not! Still we had the lovely walk back through the Woodland to enjoy and catch another glimpse of the Exe Estuary, in the fading afternoon sun.

Two thoughts of the day:

One of the many wonders of nature is a tree in all its ‘Autumn Glory’

Missing the natural beauty of the Cornish beaches!

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