Dawlish Warren: A True Devon Holiday Location
21 December 2015
Are you dreaming of sandy beaches and space to roam on your next trip to the South West? Whatever the time of year, Dawlish Warren is a popular spot for a day out. Within comfortable cycling or walking distance from our Dawlish holiday park, you’ll find no shortage of fun, fresh air and things to do at this most classic of seaside resorts. For generations of Devon visitors it has been a firm favourite, with both a bustling hive of activities and caravan parks, yet also beautiful walks and wildlife. Here’s our own rough guide:
Where is Dawlish Warren Located?
The Warren sits on the west side of the Exe Estuary, between Starcross and Teignmouth. The area encompasses two main areas; one of the best loved holiday complexes in Devon, alongside one of its most interesting nature reserves. That said it is only half an hour from Exeter and the M5. A mixture of fun and escapism, all within easy reach for the Devon visitor, you might say.
Perfect for Devon Beach Holidays
Perhaps the biggest draw of the Warren is the mixture of excitement and seclusion. Within just a few square miles you have both delightful sandy beaches and a lively area of bars, games and more. Whether you want to join the crowd or escape from it, find a beach hut to hire or take a hike, this is one of the most popular spots in Devon.
Walk on the Wild Side in Devon!
For those who love wildlife or simply long for a taste of Devon as nature intended, the western part of the Warren will be of most interest. This wilder side is popular with walkers and nature lovers, and Dawlish Nature Reserve is one of the most important places for rare plants and bird watching in Devon. An astonishing number of species can be found in the area while further round it can also provide good sea fishing from the beach.
So many attractions near Dawlish Warren…
Of course, a walk through the sand dunes or looking through a pair of binoculars isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If so, head to the other side of the Warren where you’ll find various attractions. There are rides for the kids (including a miniature railway), bars and amusements, plus the Pirates Cove Crazy Golf Course and other diversions the family will enjoy. It’s also a great spot for beach games, swimming or a bit of kayaking or stand up paddleboarding (SUP). Do keep close to shore and look out for some strong currents however, especially on bigger tides.
The town of Dawlish itself is also very nearby, with shops, pubs and a museum. Last but not least, there is also Dawlish Warren Golf Course on the other side of the nature reserve. It is well regarded among links golf courses in Devon, with some challenging holes and cracking views over the Exe Estuary.
The best way to stay in Dawlish Warren
Being one of the most popular holiday resorts in Devon, the visitor is spoilt for choice when it comes to campsites, caravan parks and places to stay in Dawlish Warren. It is a busy, bustling place in the summer, however, so for those who would prefer a quieter, greener spot, Cofton Country Holidays is ideal. You’ll never be pushed for parking, while you can still easily get to the Warren by bike or on foot (it is roughly two miles away and it’s a pretty walk or cycle ride with some great views if you take the scenic route). There are also some nice sheltered spots to take a kayak or try stand up paddleboarding (SUP), but do watch for some powerful tide rips each day.
Do take a look at our main site for a whole range of accommodation options to suit any budget, including our current special offers. Whether you fancy a stay in one of our cosy cottages by the sea, one of our touring pitches in your own caravan or an ideal spot for camping, we’re sure to have an option to suit you perfectly, along with brilliant food and facilities.
Some of your kind words...
A brilliant stay as always. We stayed in a cottage this time which was beautiful and very well equipped. Lots of lovely little touches with a welcome hamper and lots of board games. Hubbie was well impressed with the huge TV too. Loved the courtyard and we were lucky enough to have the weather to BBQ 2 of the days. All the staff from reception to the shop to the entertainment were friendly and very accommodating of both my girls. Used the chippy which has recently changed hands and the food was still great. There is lots to do, loved the swimming, the zip wire, the park and walk in the woods and around the fishing lake. Have to be honest though we missed the caravan...... will definitely be back, hopefully in the Fernworthy van with the hot tub.
Had an amazing weeks holiday. The park was immaculate, the outdoor pool was spotless and the cleaning blocks were cleaned regularly. All the staff were very helpful and the shop on site was reasonably priced. We went with two kids (aged 6 and 7) and our dog, the kids were never bored and had an amazing holiday. We will definitely be returning next year!
My family and I stayed for 5 nights in July, aged between 13 and 40 and we all had a brilliant family stay. The teenagers loved the outdoor pool and the woods and we all loved the donkeys. I’ve been coming here since I was a child and it’s still got a lovely relaxing atmosphere and has all the facilities you could want for a camping holiday. I must say the fish and chip shop is the best we have ever had at a holiday park, reasonable prices and good sized portions. We have booked to come back again on 25th August for a week and can’t wait!
I visited when my relatives came over from Canada and fell in love. I was lucky enough to stay for a week last August for my sons 2nd birthday. It has got to be one of my favourite places to go. Absolutely beautiful, quiet, good facilities, lovely restaurants. The staff are outstanding. I can't wait to come back again this year!
Stayed in campervan for a weekend. Great campsite good location, plenty of things for all to do. Great fishing lakes all in a short walk through the woodland to the lovely Dawlish Warren and Dawlish. Couldn't fault.
Highbridge, United Kingdom
We have had a wonderful experience, the site is very clean, ALL the staff were friendly and helpful especially the bar supervisor, entertainment was second to none, we'll 100% return...
The Warren Family
I just want to say how impressed my fellow Motorhomers and Caravaners were with the welcome and service we received during our stay. Staff in the office were polite and helpful at all times. Scott the restaurant manager was most accommodating when I enquired about reserving space for 25 to 30 of us for lunch after a walk. The service in the restaurant was speedy the food hot and varied. We were very pleased with the standards. Staff in the restaurant were cheerful and polite and helped make our meal most enjoyable. We had such a good time that we will be returning again next year for our Xmas Rally.
The best holiday park we've been to in our motorhome. Our children aged 2 and 4 loved it. Great facilities, entertainment and activities in one of the best parts of Devon!
Delicious fish and chips, friendly and helpful staff and delightful woodland.
Suze - Cornwall
Good location and dog walking, we'll be back and it can't come quick enough.
David - Portsmouth.
Loved the Zumba class! Can't wait to come back!
Elise - Exeter.
A* facilities, always very clean. The pool and food offer great value for money!
Stayed in Honeysuckle Cottage, stunning views over the Exe Estuary.. fantastic place for a family holiday
Ian - Australia.
My little girls aged 2,3 and 5 loved the entertainment.. all they can remember is fun, fun and more fun!
Anonymous - Cheshire.
Quiet and relaxing in a stunning location.. Can't wait to return
Ethan R, Burnham-on-Sea
We usually camp 3 times a year and hire a caravan after the Christmas break at Cofton, and will continue to do so. We thoroughly recommend staying there. Great for families or just the 2 of you.
Jilly B, Cheltenham
Go for swimming and food at this fabulous holiday camp... facilities A-star so clean and just great value for money would defo use over and over again which I do.... I'm a regular visitor. Dip and dine always good option as the food and snacks are fantastic in the bar cafe area near swimming pool!
Excellent toilet block and lovely hot showers. The on site pub was spot on with really friendly staff..
Joan L, Bromsgrove
The superbly equipped Woodside Cottage was beautifully clean with a fantastic Hot Tub. Waking up to horses and cows in the rear field.. stunning!
So friendly and clean, it’s a home from home and we couldn’t go a year with a visit!
Bernice Procter, Swindon
I always pay a visit to Amelia's Pantry, you can just Relax, Indulge and Enjoy!
‘Wonderful facilities, especially the swimming pools! In a lovely setting, for us it is simply the best campsite we have found.’
Margaret Hayes, Leeds
We have been coming to Cofton since 2009 and have stayed at least 12 times. We love everything about Cofton: the location and scenery in and around the park, the quality and cleanliness of accommodation, the friendly welcoming atmosphere; Everything about Cofton is great!
Ethan Robinson, Somerset
‘Dog walks, cycling, lovely country pubs… It suits our every need’
Kay Hancock, Bristol