Dawlish Warren

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This article is about the village, For the nearby nature reserve, see Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve
Dawlish Warren
Dawlish Warren spit and groynes.jpg
The beach at Dawlish Warren looking towards the town of Dawlish
Dawlish Warren is located in Devon
Dawlish Warren
Dawlish Warren
 Dawlish Warren shown within Devon
OS grid reference SX979786
Civil parish Dawlish
District Teignbridge
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DAWLISH
Postcode district EX7
Dialling code 01626
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Newton Abbot
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Coordinates: 50°35′53″N 3°26′38″W / 50.598°N 3.444°W / 50.598; -3.444

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

It is located at the mouth of the Exe Estuary opposite Exmouth and has a beach, a National Nature Reserve[1] spanning 506 acres (2 km2) and a golf course.

Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve
Looking down the spit, towards the town of Exmouth

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 and although a death occurred from E. coli poisoning in 1999,[3] allegedly caused by a nearby sewage outflow,[4] a new sewage treatment plant has since been built resulting in both Dawlish Warren & Dawlish beaches now winning the coveted Blue Flag for the quality of the bathing waters.

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 1.5-mile walk south-west 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, Hazelwood, Cofton, Golden Sands, Dawlish Sands, Peppermint Park, Lady's Mile and Oakcliff. In 2008 Peppermint Park and Golden Sands joined Dawlish Sands as part of Park Holidays UK Caravan Parks.


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