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We have tried to keep the below advice local, i.e. those that activities within a 10 minute drive from Cross Park. They are not meant to be a comprehensive list of activities, but provide a taster of what can be found in the South Devon area.
For some of the activities below you will need local tide times.
For the walker:
The South West coast path is 50 metres from the gate with a choice of either going towards Dawlish or Teignmouth and then taking the passenger ferry to Shaldon. Just across the road there is a cliff top walk through Mules Park then into Teignmouth. Alternatively, you can walk towards Dawlish, turn right towards smugglers cove, then follow the sea wall along the beach to Teignmouth. If the tide is high and there are waves you may get wet!
Starting from Shaldon is the Templer Way, an 18 mile ancient route that follows the transport of granite from Hay Tor on Dartmoor down to the sea.
There are several Local Nature Reserves that provide good walks. Little Haldon Heaths on the B3192 opposite the golf course, Ideford Common, a little further along the B3192, the Ness and Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve provide a sample of places where good walks and stunning views are available.
For the cyclist:
Devon is renowned for it's peace and quiet - and it's hills, so flat routes are not that common. Part of the national cycle network passes just outside the door and the coast road between Torguay and Exeter is very picturesque.
There are also specialist cycle trails with the Exe Estuary Trail providing a traffic free flat route from Powderham right into the middle of Exeter, where there are also hire facilities. There are also signed cycle routes in Haldon Forest and Newton Abbot (Templer Way and Decoy Park). These routes also provide good walks.
For the green traveller:
If you want to keep your carbon emissions low why not use public transport? The number 2 bus route that passes within 30 metres of your front door provides a 15/20 minute service between Exeter bus station and Newton Abbot between 06:30 and 23:30. Both of these bus stations provide connections to the rest of the county and beyond, so particularly for those visitors who qualify for free bus travel, this is a great way of getting about. There are also various Stagecoach 'megarider' tickets available that provide unlimited travel and soon pay for themselves, e.g. the Megarider Gold lasts for 7 days and costs £22.00 - ask the bus driver for details,
Teignmouth is on the main train line to the West Country. As well as trains to Exeter, Plymouth, Penzance and Bristol, there is a regular 'tram' service between Paignton and Exmouth calling at all three Exeter stations.
We can recommend day trips to Exeter, Totnes, Barnstaple (along the Tarka Line) and Exmouth with a possible stop at Topsham.
For the golfer:
For the crazy golfer there is a 12 hole adventure course on the Den in Teignmouth.
As a step up there are approach golf courses at Dawlish and Shaldon.
The closest golf course is Teignmouth Golf Club designed by the same person who laid out the Augusta National.
For the naturalist:
The Exe and Teign Estuaries provide an ecological Mecca with something to keep you interested all year. The Exe estuary is a haven for migrating birds and many other forms of wildlife. The local nature reserves (see above) also provide some good opportunities for the visiting naturalist.
For the sailor and canoeist:
Not only are the Exe and Teign estuary well worth exploring, but you are within easy reach of Torquay, Brixham and onwards towards the rest of the West Country boating facilities. See Teignmouth Harbour Commission website for a detailed overview of this working harbour.
Seasports is a local company that offers a wide range of kayaking, windsurfing and sailing activities around the Teign estuary. RYA accredited courses provide professional tuition for both sailing and powerboat courses.
If you want to launch a boat there are excellent facilities at Polly Steps with a ramp that is accessible for most of the tide.
For the fisherman:
The sea fishing around Teignmouth is some of the best on the South Coast. For the shore fisherman, Teignmouth sea front, Berry Head and Babbacombe Pier all provide good fishing. The Torbay fishing website provides more information.
The Atlantis2 Charter boat operates out of Teignmouth (Tel: 07855 486893 or 01626 778759) or there are other boats operating out of Exmouth and Torquay.
Mackerel fishing trips are run regularly from back beach and provide good fun as well as something to eat.
There is salmon and sea trout angling in a number of nearby rivers, including the River Teign. For the coarse fisherman there is plenty of choice in local lakes as well as the canal and local rivers.
For the diver:With numerous wrecks within an hour of Teignmouth there is plenty for the active diver as well as the beach from Babbacombe if it gets a bit rough. Contact the local Teign Diving Centre for more information.
For the explorer - a little further away from home:Canonteign Falls near Chudleigh not only fall 220ft (67m) but are surrounded by beautiful woodlands and lakes.
On the River Dart lies Buckfast Abbey a working monastery where Buckfast Tonic wine is still produced by the monks.
We are not the first to have seen the attraction of living in South Devon so there are several stately homes as tributes. Powderham Castle on the banks of the Exe Estuary has a deer park and farm shop as well as hosting Antique Fairs, rallies and concerts. Killerton House is a National Trust property with a costume collection and fine grounds. Castle Drogo is the last castle built in England and enjoys spectacular views towards Dartmoor from the Haldon hills. Finally, Ugbrooke Park at Chudleigh provides a more intimate setting although opening times are limited.
For the sun worshipper:
If all of the above is too much, why not just enjoy relaxing by the sea? Apart from Teignmouth main beach there is also Back Beach on the river and Shaldon Beach just across the estuary. For somewhere a little quieter, we suggest you try Ness Cove where you have to go through a smugglers tunnel and past lime kilns, or Coryton Cove near Dawlish is usually quiet apart from the occasional train.