LEADSTONE CAMPING is situated in an area designated as being of outstanding beauty. The splendid beach and sand dunes of Dawlish Warren's Blue Flag beach are only an easy and safe half mile walk away from our site - there is a family-orientated pub en route which serves excellent bar meals at mid-day and in the evenings. The pavements are wide and safe for children, prams, etc.
THE WARREN is bounded by the Exe Estuary on one side and miles of golden sandy beach on the other, so there is plenty of room to 'get lost' or visit the bird watchers paradise which is in the Dawlish Warren nature reserve - 500 acres of natural beauty and flowering plants nestling in the centre of the Warren and open free to the public at all times. There are a number of shops, supermarkets and boot sales nearby, plus shopping in Dawlish town - only 5 minutes away by bus.
Both places have large car parks, but most probably you will be happy to walk to Dawlish Warren or to Dawlish itself; they are joined by a lovely sea wall promenade at all but the highest of tides.
DAWLISH has a multi-million pound LEISURE COMPLEX with indoor swimming pool heated to 84° F and children's activity centre - 1 mile up the road.
DAWLISH WARREN is renowned for it's good weather. Average temperatures of well over 70°F are not uncommon. On top of that the Dawlish air quality has been recorded as "Among the best in the Country".
You will of course, want to see as much of Devon as possible and we are ideally situated for you to do just this. You will find that except for high season (late July to the end of August) the roads are reasonably quiet and tourist attractions are not overcrowded. There are so many "Things to do" and the ease with which traffic can move out and around the County from Dawlish constantly amazes visitors.
More information on Dawlish Warren thanks to Teignbridge District Council here
See Dawlish Warren LIVE via the WEBCAM - located at The Mount Pleasant Inn here.
Great walks for 2 and 4 legs!!
Nearby there are some great walks for all ages and abilities, Bertie has added his comments too!
Bertie enjoys a walk just like any other dog (and most people!) The following is a section of walks that he particularly likes. There is a brief description and a link to a map – click the link then use “Zoom” at the right of the map to get your bearings – the red arrow is the starting point.
You can download a "pdf" leaflet of these walks here: Walks
About 10 minutes drive inland (between Ashcombe and Mamhead) from Leadstone. A good car park and level, gravelled pathways (wheelchair friendly). If you stay in the main wood on the pathway it takes about 20 minutes to do the circular walk. Absolutely fantastic panoramic view from near the “Obelisk” looking toward the sea.
Bert’s comments: Lots of undergrowth to forage through but not really challenging enough for me – too level!
About 10 minutes drive along the river Exe from Leadstone – I have cycled there as it is level all the way! Park by the church at Powderham (just around corner) and walk back to the railway line. There is a short walk to the level crossing then a 20 minute stroll up the riverpath to a brilliant pub – The Turf. It is situated at the end of the Exeter Canal and on the bank of the River Exe. Only reached by boat, cycle or foot – so great for an environmentally friendly pint! You can walk on up the canal path to Exeter if you want…. Or it is a return trip the way you came.
Bert’s comments: This is a favourite walk of mine as I can spend ages in the meadows on the lower side of the path and if I am crafty, can jump over the wall into the river if the tide is in – I went in the mud when I was a pup and Andrew gave me a “roasting” – I won’t do that again…. (I stank of river mud long after it was washed off.!)
Depending on traffic it could take half an hour to get here – but well worth it. It is over at Kingsteignton, near Newton Abbot take the road to Teignmouth and follow the signs. Park in the “official” car park just over the smaller hump back bridge which crosses the river Teign. Cross the road and enter the field – you should see a “natural” footpath which basically follows the river bank. You can stay by the river or follow the “Templar Way” – an old route from Dartmoor to the Teign. You could take a picnic and settle by the river – great on a summer’s day with the coolness of the river to keep your temperature down – safe to swim in (dogs and people!)
Bert’s comments: I go here at least once a week when the camp is shut. Tthere are always new smells – I’ve even flushed the odd pheasant, that’s what I do best!!! I could stay here all day dipping in and out of the river then dash around the meadows and hedgerows.
Again this may take some time to reach – depending on traffic it could be 45 minutes. It is at Bovey Tracey, on the edge of Dartmoor (other side of Newton Abbot) and Parke is actually the Headquarters of the Dartmoor National Park Authority. Great car parking facilites, toilets and safe walks. You can meander down to the old railway line and walk all the way to Lustleigh if you want – using some lanes though. There is a small river to keep the air cool on hot days. There is a great circular walk which rises up and down through the woods, can be soft under foot if wet – the map gives you a good indication – no need to go onto the highway at all. The circular route can take about 50 minutes if you push on.
Bert’s comments: My favourite walk! A real mixture of raw countryside, steep banks to climb (off the paths), undergrowth, riverbank, water – just what I like. I always sleep well after we’ve been here for the morning. The walk on to Lustleigh can be boring in part because I have to go on the lead on the lanes!
Not on the above mentioned leaflet:
This is a fantastic place to go! Great tracks through the trees and lots of things to do! Full details from their website. There's a "Go-Ape" and "Forest Cycle Hire" for our 2 legged friends here as well (links on Haldon Forest webpage).
Bert's comments: Jack and I love it up here! Lots to see and we have seen deer most times we have walked here. The Ridge cafe is great as we can sit outside - the food is great, we are told...