Teignmouth and Shaldon Boat Trips


Teignmouth and Shaldon Boat Trips

Much of Devon’s charm lies in its spectacular coastlines. The arresting scenery is, almost certainly, best admired from the ocean. A boat cruise is therefore a vital excursion on your trip to Shaldon or Teignmouth. For those who wish to commute between the two towns, there is a very practical way of doing this by boat, enabling you to absorb the beauty of the Jurassic Coast. The historic Teignmouth to Shaldon Ferry is arguably England’s oldest passenger ferry and makes daily crossings between the town and the village.  The ferry crossing can be traced back to 1296, although it is likely to be much older, possibly dating back to Saxon times. During WW2, the Point was being used by US Forces so the ferry changed its course to Gales Hill. Even further back in the Napoleonic wars, the rowing boat ferries were equipped with black and white gunports to ward off attackers.  However domestic use was also imperative. In its earlier days, the crossing would have saved travellers, who used to have to bypass Newton Abbot, a 14 mile journey. Previously the ferry was owned by Shaldon Bridge Company, but has since been purchased by the local council.

With a boat running every 10-15 minutes at peak times, it seems a shame to opt for the more mundane option of car travel, as the ferry is an easy way for visitors to gain access to coastal walks.  The boat leaves from Teignmouth Back Beach and Shaldon Beach, and offers a day out for the whole family; dogs and pushchairs go free! Bicycles can also be brought on free of charge. An adult single is £1.50, whilst children go on for 70p. It will be difficult to find a more enjoyable commute at such a price.

If you’re interested in making a day of your time on the water, the Teignmouth Circular may be a better option. This cruise, heading to either the Port of Dartmouth or to Torquay, will give you the opportunity to view striking landmarks across the English Riviera such as Thatcher’s Rock, Babbacombe Cliff Railway and the Babbacombe Downs. Thatcher’s Rock is a bewitching little island, known for its raised beach, whilst the imposing Downs sit 300 feet above sea level, overlooking Babbacombe and Lyme Bay. The cruise runs from May to September, and advance tickets are available from the Tourist Information Centre.

It is possible to make an even bigger day out of your tour of the South Devon Coastline. Greenway Ferry Pleasure Cruises offer a diverse variety of boat trips, both to Teignmouth and surrounding areas. Sea-faris, WW2 experiences, mackeral fishing trips, sunset illuminations and the popular Dartmouth Day Out are all available to visitors. There are few places where you can spot seals and dolphins, catch yourself a seafood supper and repose in the compelling Devonshire twilight.

Whatever your nautical inclinations are, remember to find your sea legs in Shaldon and Teignmouth.

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