Baby Toads on the move

Staggering numbers of baby toads (must admit, thought they were frogs but reliably informed that more likely toads) on the move around the Warren this morning. It was actually quite difficult to walk in places for fear of treading on them. Perhaps the rain on Saturday evening brought them all out.

Brilliant Folk Festival in Teignmouth

Great folk festival over the weekend in Teignmouth. Really enjoyed the variety of Morris dancers, the Appalachian from “Shuffle the Deck” ,and the Plymouth Pipe Band as well as a good ceilidh on the Saturday evening. Generally lovely to have all that colour, music and vitality back in town!

The wild flowers around the Den were also looking wonderful. 

Jubilee and Flowers

Lots of very successful events held locally over the Jubilee weekend, and lots of people around to enjoy it all. Dawlish was packed on Friday for the street market and other entertainment on the lawns, not to mention the Lancaster flypast in the afternoon (tremendous).

St. Mary’s church in Cofton put on a beautiful flower festival over all four days which included the amazing crown pictured here.

There also happens to be one of the best displays of Southern Marsh Orchids that I have seen on the Warren at the moment, opposite the visitor centre.

Bluebells on Dartmoor

A rather grey day on Dartmoor today was lifted by thousands of bluebells! Completely unexpected (it is May 26th so perhaps a little late?) and was an amazing sight. On a walk of around 6 miles the bluebells were more or less a constant presence, sometimes stretching as far as the eye could see. The intensity of colour in places was almost unreal.

Jubilee Events

There are far too many things planned for the Jubilee long weekend for us to put into our “Event” calendar. Suffice to say that there will be things happening on the Lawns in Dawlish from Thursday through to Sunday (2nd – 5th June) and likewise on The Den in Teignmouth. 

There is also a flower festival in St.Mary’s church in Cofton (next to the holiday park) Thursday through to Sunday,  and a family fun afternoon in St. Mary’s church hall in Dawlish Warren on Friday 3rd 12 – 3pm.

Have fun!

Spring Flowers everywhere

Lots of flowers everywhere now, growing out of walls and hedgerows! Valerian is out in full force wherever you go and foxgloves are becoming a regular sight too. Equally delightful is the honeysuckle growing in the hedges and wafting out scent into the sunshine. Lovely!

A trip to Dartmouth

Although Dartmouth is quite some distance from Sandays it is remarkably easy and enjoyable to get there. Leave your car on our forecourt and head around the corner to the station for the beautiful journey along the coast from Dawlish Warren to Paignton via Great Western Railway. Step back in time by crossing to the station next door and take a trip on the steam train to Kingswear courtesy of the Dartmouth Steam Railway and river boat company, and finally the foot ferry across the Dart (included in the train ticket).
Today both Kingswear and Dartmouth were looking stunning in the sunshine and we thoroughly enjoyed our meander around Dartmouth. It is possible to add in boat trips and/or do the whole “round robin”, see the Dartmouth Steam Railway website for details.

Blue Flag retained at Dawlish Warren

We have a fabulous beach at Dawlish Warren and just to make that official:
Five Teignbridge beaches have been recognised for their quality in the prestigious annual Keep Britain Tidy Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for Summer 2022.

Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth Town beaches are two of 80 nationwide which have received the highest recognition with the internationally recognised Blue Flag award.

Dawlish, Coryton Cove and Ness Cove are three of 128 beaches from across the country which have received the coveted Seaside Award.

Both awards are aimed at improving the quality of England’s coastline and promoting the country’s best beaches which are assessed for:

Safety and services, such as first aid and lifeguards
Environmental information including displaying details about local eco-systems
Water quality – Blue Flag beaches must meet the EU’s bathing water quality ‘excellent’ standard and Seaside Award winners the ‘sufficient’ standard.
Environmental management, including litter and waste
The awards mean that visitors to beaches flying a Blue Flag or Seaside Award can be confident that it will be clean, safe and meet the highest environmental and water quality standards.

Blue Flag is an international award managed by Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education. It is only presented to well-managed beaches with excellent water quality and environmental education programmes, while Seaside Awards are presented to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline.