Dawlish Countryside Park

Region: South West

This spacious Countryside Park has splendid views across Babbacombe Bay to Hopes Nose and great wildlife, including Cirl bunting and Skylark. Established in 2017 on former arable land, the Park now features expansive meadows, diverse hedgerows, new woodland planting, an orchard and Spring barley fields, making this a popular outdoor destination for the local community.  

Dawlish Countryside Park

The Present and the Future

Dawlish Countryside Park Contact


The site contact for our Dawlish Countryside Park space is the Ranger Tel: 01626 215751

This space is managed in partnership with Teignbridge District Council

Visitor Information

Opening Hours

Open access.

Car Parking

Free car park off A379 Exeter Road (0.5km north of Sainsbury’s)

Toilets

There are toilets in the nearby Sainsbury's.
(click here to find the nearest public toilets)

Café

The Kitchen @ The Park refreshment kiosk in car park - open daily 9am - 4pm.

Entrance cost

The site is free to use.

Accessibility

Sloping site with a variety of unsurfaced paths. Steep in places, although there are flat loops and several benches.

Footpaths

Yes.

Dogs

Well controlled dogs are welcome.

Things to do

The Lookout Viewpoint, wood art carvings, rubbings trail, walking, bird watching, wildlife spotting, BBQ area, picnicking.

Conservation, Wildlife, Flora, Fauna

Grassland meadows, native hedgerows, new broadleaved woodland, orchard and open barley fields.

Other nearby attractions

Dawlish Warren, RSPB Exminster & Powderham Marshes, Devon Sculpture Park, Powderham Castle.

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Location

Dawlish Countryside Park, Exeter Road , Dawlish, EX7 0PA

Site size: 26 hectares

Events

There are currently no events relating to this space.

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History

Dawlish Countryside Park opened in 2017 as the first Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) in Greater Exeter. The purpose of this and other local SANGs is to mitigate the potential increased recreational pressure of new housing on the Exe Estuary Special Protection Area (SPA), Dawlish Warren Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths SPA/SAC by providing alternative recreational areas that offer a similar experience to the SPA/SAC.

The Land Trust took over responsibility for Dawlish Countryside Park in November 2021 and manages the site in partnership with Teignbridge District Council which undertakes the day-to-day site management.

Development

Teignbridge District Council is working in partnership with The Land Trust to maximise the benefits for the local community from this important public greenspace. Current and future management seeks to enhance the biodiversity and recreational value of the site.

Land Trust Contact

To contact the Land Trust about this site or how we could help manage your space please email our Countryside and Greenspace Officer Hannah Bosence .

To enquire about holding an event on a Land Trust site, please click here.

Downloads

Download Dawlish Countryside Park leaflet

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