Dawlish Walking Festival 2016

Bird Hide on Nature Reserve at Dawlish Warren

Dawlish Walking Festival: 1 – 10 April 2016

Get out and about to enjoy the many great sights and sounds in our area! This is a great NEW Event for 2016 organised by Destination Dawlish.  Those taking part in a walk will be able to get a token towards a cup of tea at a local cafe. Look out for Destination Dawlish walkers welcome signs! NOTE: Most of these events start in Dawlish Town.

Friday April 1st
The Walking Festival is launched with:

  • Two performances of The Dawlish Dawdle of April Fools

Bring along a picnic to join us at lunchtime. 10.30am – 12 noon and 2.00pm – 3.30pm
A magical day of playful walks, games and songs in the lesser known places of Dawlish.
Led by Dawlish performer, Tony Lidington and artist friends.

  • Meet at St Gregory’s Church, Church Rd, Dawlish.
  • FREE, first come first booked – with about 20 places available for familes (to include less mobile walkers and children from 6 years of age.)
  • There will be other things to do and games organised in Newhays while the fools are playing.

Walking Meditation - 12 .30pm
Sharon Dow, a yoga and meditation teacher in Dawlish introduces Walking Meditation for about half an hour.

  • Meet at the Railway Bridge on the seafront.
  • FREE
  • Suitable for anybody

Evening Seafront Walk - 6.00pm
A walk from Dawlish to Dawlish Warren and back led by Nigel Rhys. Hoping for a nice sunset on the first day of the Walking Festival.

  • Meet under the railway bridge by the seafront.
  • FREE
  • Suitable for all

Saturday April 2nd
Walking Meditation - 9.30 am
Sharon Dow, a yoga and meditation teacher in Dawlish introduces Walking Meditation for about half an hour.

  • Meet at the Railway Bridge on the seafront.
  • FREE
  • Suitable for anybody

A Long Ramble to Mamhead obelisk and back - 10.30 am – 4.00 pm
A local experienced walker, Nigel Rhys will take this walk up into the hills behind Dawlish for up to 11 miles. This walk will be along lanes, muddy footpaths and over stiles, so good footwear and waterproofs advisable as well as a walking ability.

  • Meet at Dawlish Tourist Information Centre
  • FREE

Walk and Draw
Two separate sessions – morning and afternoon
10.30 am – 12.00pm and 2.00pm – 4.00pm
All welcome, whatever experience you have. A chance to be creative and draw the views around Coryton Cove, The Red Rock and on the beach as you walk locally by the sea with Angie Jenner, a well-known local artist who enjoys walking and painting en plein air. All materials supplied.

  • Meet at the Railway Bridge on the seafront
  • £2.00 per person
  • Book in advance. Phone Angie Jenner on 01626 864339

Lanes around Kenton - 2.00pm
A short easy walk around Kenton in the rural hinterland of the River Exe with the Teignmouth and Dawlish Ramblers including a stop at the tearooms. Led by Claire Glasspoole on 01722 501230/07860 834307

  • Meet at Kenton War Memorial near the church (on bus no 2 route, every 20 mins.)
  • FREE

Sunday April 3rd
Springtime wildlife walk - Dawlish National Nature Reserve - 10.00 am – 12 noon
The Reserve wardens will lead this walk to learn more about the wildlife on this reserve including unusual flowers and migrating birds.

  • Meet at the Visitor Centre in Dawlish Warren
  • Cost £3.00 adults and £1.50 children. To book phone: 01626 863980. Sorry - No Dogs

Dawlish Local History walk - 10.30am
A short walk taking in the heritage of the town with the Local History Group leaders.

  • Meet at The Strand Centre (on The Strand)
  • FREE

Meditation Walking - 2.00pm
Sharon Dow, a yoga and meditation teacher in Dawlish introduces Walking Meditation for about half an hour. A chance to use walking to deeply relax and still the mind!

  • Meet at the Railway Bridge on the seafront.
  • FREE
  • Suitable for anybody

Cofton Family Walk - 2.00pm
A short family walk around Cofton, Cockwood and Dawlish Warren enjoying the first signs of spring flowers, lambs and awakening trees with Cofton Country holiday staff.

  • Meet at Amelia’s café at Cofton Country Holiday Park. (on bus route no. 2 every 20 mins)
  • FREE

Monday April 4th
Walk This Way – walks for all abilities 10.20am.  Meet at the railway bridge by the seafront
Get to know Dawlish better with walk this way, a local walking for health and social group offering short, medium and long walks for all capabilities.

  • FREE
  • Suitable for all

Tree Walkabout -  2.00pm
A short walk to discover more about the trees of Dawlish with Dominic Scanion, District arboriculturalist . Meet some rare exotics as well as some beautiful exotic trees.

  • Meet at the bandstand on The Lawn.
  • FREE

Tuesday April 5th
Short Seafront walk - 10.30am
Meg and Judith volunteer leaders for ‘Walk this Way’ will lead this (sometimes bracing) walk from Dawlish to Dawlish Warren and back along the seafront.

  • Meet under the railway bridge by the seafront
  • FREE

Cofton Family Walk - 2.00pm
A short family walk around Cofton, Cockwood and Dawlish Warren enjoying the first signs of spring flowers, lambs and awakening trees with Cofton Country holiday staff.

  • Meet at Amelia’s café at Cofton Country Holiday Park. (on bus route)
  • FREE

Try out Nordic Walking - 2.00pm
Discover Nordic walking with a technique session with Nordic walking UK instructor Fiona Swan. Lasting for 1 hour, the session will introduce you to the basics and give you a feel for Nordic walking which uses poles. Poles provided. Cost £5 per person

  • It’s suitable for all levels of fitness.
  • Places are limited. To reserve your place & to get the joining details, e mail Fiona Swan on fiona@nordicwalkingdevon.co.uk 01626 890120, 07531 729383.

Wednesday April 6th
Walk and Draw -10.00am – 12.30
All welcome, whatever experience you have. A chance to be creative and draw the views around Coryton Cove, The Red Rock and on the beach as you walk locally by the sea with Angie Jenner, a well-known local artist who enjoys walking and painting en plein air. All materials supplied.

  • Meet at the Railway Bridge on the seafront
  • £2.00 per person
  • Book in advance. Phone Angie Jenner on 01626 864339

Walk This Way – walks for all abilities -10.20am
Get to know Dawlish better with walk this way, a local walking for health and social group offering short, medium and long walks for all capabilities.

  • Everyone welcome.
  • FREE
  • Meet at the railway bridge by the seafront

A special walk for the visually impaired. - 10.00am
Ian Parkes will lead a guided walk around Dawlish for people with visual impairment and their friends of family.

  • FREE
  • Meet at the Tourist Information Centre

Thursday April 7
A celebration of the South West Coast Path
Two short walks that can join up as one longer one with the South West Coast Path Association
10.30 am – 12.30pm
Around Dawlish Warren to Dawlish, enjoying land and seascapes, wildlife and weather and led by SWCP volunteers and staff.
Meet at Dawlish Warren car park (outside the warren by the toilets.)
Lunch in Dawlish (picnic or place of your choice) or return to Dawlish Warren.
2.00 – 5.00pm
Dawlish to Teignmouth beside the railway, cliffs and on lanes and back to Dawlish and Dawlish Warren. Some walkers may want to take the train back to Dawlish Warren from teignmouth.

  • FREE – but any donations go towards the South West Coast Path Association.
  • Suitable for individuals or families, though the walk will involve some steps.

Friday April 8th
View point walk - 10.30am
A 3-4 mile walk around the viewing (‘honey pot’ points of Dawlish to appreciate the wider landscape and to ponder different times of Dawlish. Led by Andrew Turpin and others from Transition Dawlish.

  • Meet at the Tourist Information Centre, Dawlish.
  • FREE

Energising Walk - 2.00pm
Walk some of Dawlish’s past, present and future energy routes – from the sun, human made or elemental this walk aims to get you thinking about where we get our energy to walk! A short easy walk led by Naomi Wright who works for Destination Dawlish and is a community artist at other times.

  • Meet at the Tourist Information Centre, Dawlish
  • FREE

Evening Tree Walkabout - 6.00 pm
A stroll around the Lawn and other parks of Dawlish to admire the trees with Dominic Scanion, Arboriculturalist.

  • Meet at the Bandstand on the Lawn.
  • FREE

Saturday 9th April
A long Ramble to Lidwell Chapel and back
10.00am – 4.00pm
A local experienced walker, Nigel Rhys will take this walk up into the hills behind Dawlish for up to 11 miles. This walk will be along lanes, muddy footpaths and over stiles, so good footwear and waterproofs advisable as well as a reasonable walking ability.

  • Meet at Dawlish Tourist Information Centre
  • FREE

Walk and Draw - Two separate sessions – morning and afternoon
10.30 am – 12.00pm and 2.00pm – 4.00pm
All welcome, whatever experience you have. A chance to be creative and draw the views around Coryton Cove, The Red Rock and on the beach as you walk locally by the sea with Angie Jenner, a well known local artist who enjoys walking and painting en plein air. All materials supplied.

  • Meet at the Railway Bridge on the seafront
  • £2.00 per person
  • Book in advance. Phone Angie Jenner on 01626 864339

Poetry Walk - 10.00am – 12 noon
A community led amble around Dawlish to share poetry written about Dawlish, some by famous visitors, some more local and recent. Bring your own poems to share, or just join in the walk to be inspired.

  • Meet at the Tourist Information Office
  • FREE
  • Book in advance on 01626 867722

Short Seafront Walk - 2.00pm
A (sometimes bracing) walk from Dawlish to Dawlish Warren and back along the seafront.

  • Meet under the railway bridge by the seafront
  • FREE
  • Suitable for all

Sunday April 10th
Railway History tour - 10.30am
A tour 2 – 3 miles to highlight the significance of the railway in the area over the last 100 years with the Friends of Dawlish Station and the Local History Group.

  • Meet in the ticket office of the railway station.
  • FREE

Family Wildlife Safari - 2.00pm
A wildlife spotting discovery trail walking around the parks of Dawlish with Naomi Wright and others. From the big Black Swans to tiny beetles we’ll be looking for all shapes and sizes.

  • FREE
  • Young people in pushchairs welcome, and you don’t need to be a family!
     
 
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