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There's been a settlement at the mouth of the River Teign since the Dark Ages. The town of Teignmouth grew up in the 1700's as a fishing port and then as a fashionable resort during the Georgian period.
This is going to be a bracing Winter's walk up the Teign Estuary across the river to Shaldon on the opposite bank before heading across country to hit the coastal path south of Labrador Bay.
We'll then follow the coastal path back towards Teignmouth, making a detour through the Smugglers Tunnel to Ness Cove before hopefully catching the ferry from Shaldon back across the estuary into the centre of Teignmouth where we'll be able to warm up at one of the many quayside inns if you wish....
The route is fairly low level and not that exposed, so will be passable even in the middle of winter.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
This is a winter walk so it's strongly recommended you bring a flask of something hot to drink! Coffee, Tea or Soup.
Bring water as well (2l) and a good packed lunch.
It's also recommended to bring trail snacks to eat along the way as well to keep your energy up (chocolate, sweets etc.).