Dawlish Countryside Park is a fantastic newly opened area, with a variety of paths and routes though wildflower meadows and open green spaces. It is free to visit, with a free car park signposted off the main road from Starcross to Dawlish. You can also reach the park on foot from Orchard Lane or Shutterton Lane (near Sainsburys).
There are information boards and maps at each entrance point, and while there are waymarked trails, there are also a network of paths that mean you can choose your own way.
There are several bug houses, benches and bird feeding points dotted around the site, with carved animals on the woodwork which my children loved discovering.
The views from the viewpoints and the ridge of the site are far reaching and beautiful.
It is possible to join the wooded path through Eastdon Woods from the Shutterton side of the park and these afford views out to sea over Dawlish Warren too. Eastdon Woods and the paths though it are owned by Cofton Country Holidays and for use by their guests (this includes day visitors) and you can walk from the main reception to Dawlish Countryside Park via this route here.