Monday, 7 March 2011

SHALDON

The next major river estuary we come to on the South Devon coast is the Teign estuary. Shaldon is a village on the south bank of the Teign which sports a bowling green surrounded by Georgian buildings. A passenger ferry is available for those wishing to cross the mouth of the Teign to Teignmouth, and there is also a road bridge. The bridge is a known hotspot for ghost sightings such as a tall cloaked figure; there have also been reports of strange noises and mists here. Rail passengers travelling along the main line heading down towards Plymouth and points west are treated to a nice view of Shaldon from the opposite bank of the estuary. Smugglers were once very active in the area, as evidenced by the existence of a smugglers’ tunnel leading to the pretty beach of Ness Cove just outside Shaldon. For plant lovers there is a botanical garden called Homeyards dating from the 1920s.

Map of the area.

Shaldon Exe estuaryphoto © 2009 raymond cocks | more info (via: Wylio)

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