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Photo courtesy of Cdr.Mike ChamberlainCockwood is a quaint, charming little community, with a long history of smugglers and ghosts and colourful characters. Its focal point is the picturesque harbour which The Anchor Inn fronts. The harbour - Cockwood Sod to give it its true name - flows out to the river Exe estuary beyond, through two historic bridges built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as part of his atmospheric railway.

In fact the famous Brunel tower is located just a short walk away at Starcross, the village adjoining Cockwood. Cockwood is an ideal venue for train spotting, and enthusiasts rarnge themselves at various vantage view points to photograph trains like the Torbay Express steam train, and other locomotives.

The harbour, reached by a cobbled stone bridge from the A379, and edged by a cobbled stone wall, is reminiscent of an Enid Blyton childhood holiday story. It is dotted with small boats and is home to swans and ducks and other wild sea birds. Walk under one of the bridges and you will be able to see the estuary, and the promentary of Dawlish Warren nature reserve, a protected sanctuary for sea birds.

Cockwood has a large and lovely village green, a few steps away from the Anchor Inn. Part of the Green is home to the famous Cockwood geese - huge birds who fly in formation over the village and land on the green one after the other like a fleet of mini Concord.