Local Area Information

 

History

Teignmouth  is a town and civil parish in Teignbridge in the English county of Devon, situated on the north bank of the estuary mouth of the River Teign about 14 miles south of Exeter. It has a population of 14,413. In 1690, it was the last place in England to be invaded by a foreign power. The town grew from a fishing port associated with the Newfoundland cod industry to a fashionable resort of some note in Georgian times, with further expansion after the opening of the South Devon Railway in 1846. Today, its port still operates and the town remains a popular seaside holiday location.

Location

The town is located on the north bank of the mouth of the estuary of the River Teign, at the junction of the A379 coast road, and then on to the M5 12 miles away. Teignmouth is linked to Shaldon, the village on the opposite bank, by a passenger ferry at the river mouth and by a road bridge further upstream. The red sandstone headland on the Shaldon side called "The Ness" is the most recognisable symbol of the town from the seaward side. In the harbour area was the Salty, a small flat island created through dredging operations but levelled, supposedly to improve natural scouring of the main channel for shipping, in recent years to leave a large tidal sand bank frequented by seabirds and cockle-collectors. Salmon nets are still employed by locals, especially near Shaldon Bridge.

Climate

It has a mild maritime climate. Prevailing winds across the south-west of England are from the west. Teignmouth lies to the east of Dartmoor, in a lee / rainshadow, with mean temperatures 3°C (5°F) higher and less than 43% of the rainfall of Princetown. It receives 133 millimetres less precipitate per year than nearby Plymouth, which is located on the south-west coast of Devon. Owing to its proximity to the sea, Teignmouth has warmer winters with less frost and snow.

January is usually the coldest month in Britain; however, sea temperatures usually reach their minimum temperature in late February, which affects Teignmouth's climate, making February its coldest month. The first frost in Teignmouth usually occurs in late November or early December, whereas midland areas of England sometimes have frosts as early as September. On average, July is the driest month. Teignmouth has average daily sunshine totals of over 7 hours in summer and around 2 hours in winter. The climate patterns also implicate a less pronounced cooler mediterranean climate influence which is due to the decrease in precipitation centred over the summer period and surplus rainfall during the winter.

Beaches

Apart from its sea beach and Teignmouth Pier with amusement arcade and rides, the beach wraps around the spit at the head of the river Teign providing a river beach, commonly known as the Back Beach, on the estuary side which overlooks the harbour with its moorings for many pleasure craft, and has views up the estuary to Dartmoor. An 18-mile (29 km) long waymarked route known as the Templer Way has been created between Haytor on Dartmoor and Shaldon. It closely follows the route of George Templer's granite tramway, his father James's Stover Canal and finally the estuary to Teignmouth.Teignmouth Carnival is held during the last week of July with the procession on the last Thursday, and since 1999 the town has hosted a summer folk festival.

In Shaldon, Ness Cove beach has won the Seaside Award 2013. Marine Conservation society recommended beach Ness Cove lies at the foot of the magnificent Ness Headland at the mouth of the Teign Estuary. Access is via an orginal smugglers tunnel, to a secluded and picturesque sand and shingle beach.

Placstatiststatist- more available but a few ideas

Teignmouth golf club

Shaldon pitch n putt

Babbacombe - Cliff Railway and Model Village

Crealy Adventure Park near Exeter

Torquay Living Coasts

Buckfast Abbey

Blackpool Sands

Dartmoor and a visit to the ponies

Totnes 

Ashburton with its antique shops

Quay west splashdown water park

Dartmouth steam railway

Cockington country park

China Blue where you can decorate your own pottery

Kents Cavern

Greenway house, Agatha Christies holiday home 

Go Ape 

Dawlish and Dawlish Warren

Dining

As mentioned on the welcome page, Teignmouth has fabulous seafood and italian restaurants. The restaurants we enjoy dining at in Teignmouth are: Fresco and Colleseum for Italian food, The Crab Shack for seafood and The Owl and The Pussycat which has an ever changing menu. It is also possible to have a lunch with a fabulous view at The Riveira. This is a converted cinema that was very popular in its day.  Another stunning view can be had from the sandwich shop directly on the seafront near the lido, the bacon rolls are an added advantage!.

Across the water in Shaldon you can dine at Ode which has won numerous awards, including in 2013:

A Fine Dining Award – South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards

2013 Certificate of Excellence Winner TripAdvisor

Top 50 best restaurants outside London

Square Meal Restaurants & Bars Hit list UK 2013

Cafe Ode situated by The Ness pub is also owned by the same family and is a family friendly, ethically sourced cafe which offers amazing food.

There are numerous pubs to visit that also do great food including The London Inn, The Ferryboat and The Clifford Arms, which holds regular jazz nights.

If you do choose to eat in, there is a large Morrisons a car journey away and due to open in march,  a Waitrose which will be located a 10 minute walk from the house. There are plenty of local shops also to get fresh produce ans support local trade.

A folder in the house has details on all of the restaurants and local attractions to help you with your choices.