Teignmouth & Shaldon
South of Dawlish is the seaside destination of Teignmouth, and it's smaller neighbour Shaldon, sitting on opposite sides of the River Teign where it meets the sea. Teignmouth is home to one of the only a handful of piers in the south west of England (always fantastic subjects for landscape photography!). As the town began to flourish as a tourist resort in the early 19th century, plans were drawn up for a pier, seen as an essential accessory for any serious Victorian resort. Teignmouth's pier was completed in 1867, and despite a number of mishaps including fires and storm damage, it remains a working pier to the present day with its traditional penny arcade.
The scenic village of Shaldon sits opposite Teignmouth on the opposite banks of the Teign, sheltered from prevailing winds by the high sandstone cliffs of The Ness, said to be the site of an ancient battle between the Celts and the Saxons. Although there is now a bridge to cross the Teign, a small ferry service still running between Teignmouth back beach and Shaldon is thought to be one of the oldest remaining passenger ferries in Britain, dating back to at least 1296.
As a photo location, Teignmouth and Shaldon have all the ingredients for a classic coastal photo location, with sandy beaches, a pier, an estuary, boats, and beach huts. Hard to think of anything missing for a perfect spot!