It is situated at the mouth of the Exe Estuary, opposite Exmouth, and has a beach, a National Nature Reserve spanning 505 acres (2 km²) and a golf course.

The renowned sand spit at Dawlish Warren is the location of both the golf course and the nature reserve, which was declared a National Nature Reserve in 2000. This spit has reduced in size within the past century due to erosion, partly caused by the installation of a breakwater at Langstone Rock to the South West, which traps sand from the local sandstone cliffs and interrupts the natural sediment flow of the area.

The resort is popular with holidaymakers, and although a death occurred from E. coli poisoning in 1999, allegedly caused by a nearby sewage outflow, a new sewage treatment plant has since been built resulting in both Dawlish Warren & Dawlish beaches now winning the coveted Blue Flag for the quality of the bathing waters.

 

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