A brief history of Shaldon

The original settlement in the area was originally a little upstream in Ringmore, where the fertile valley was cultivated. Over centuries, silt that washed down the estuary settled, land was reclaimed, leading to the birth of the village of Shaldon. Gradually the inhabitants turned to fishing, although the village still has a very rural feel. With this, trade grew, and shipbuilders plied their trade in Ringmore & Shaldon and a flourishing port was established. Today, Shaldon is a quaint tourist destination having retained its fishing and maritime heritage, and the village is now lucky enough to have many independent shops, pubs and restaurants.


  • There is easy access to the town via the A381, just along from the M5 Southbound at Exeter. There is also a coast road from Torquay on the English Riviera, which runs through the village of Shaldon and across the bridge to Teignmouth.


  • Nearby Teignmouth train station has regular services to Exeter and Newton Abbot, leading to connections across London and the East. Newton Abbot mainline station has direct trains to London Paddington in under 3 hours.


  • There is a passenger ferry between Shaldon and Teignmouth at the mouth of the River Teign, running between Back Beach in Teignmouth and Shaldon beach.

Schools and Education

The very popular Shaldon Primary School is rated as Outstanding by Ofsted (2016). Whilst there aren’t any secondary schools in the village itself, nearby Teignmouth and Torquay offer a wide range of secondary options, including independent and grammar schools.

Lifestyle and Entertainment

As an estate agency with a strong online and offline presence across Teignbridge & Torbay we are trusted to know all there is to know about the local area. Take a look at some of our top recommendations below!

  • Green/Blue spaces - Shaldon lies on the South West Coast Path, and there is a spectacular walk from Shaldon to Labrador Bay with views across to Torbay & Teignmouth – on a clear day you may be able to catch a glimpse of Lyme Bay. Shaldon beach offers a relaxing space to enjoy the sunshine with a drink in hand and rockpools provide fantastic fun for kids and adults alike.
  • For the kids – Take a visit to Shaldon Wildlife Trust zoo, Shaldon Pitch and Putt, or take a trip up to Haldon Forest and Go Ape, or along to the English Riviera for Paignton Zoo and Babbacombe Model Village.
  • Culture – On the first Saturday in August, Shaldon Water Carnival promises a great party and is often regarded as the the oldest running regatta in the world. Shaldon Regatta in August has more than 120 events for all the family, with opportunities to get involved in sea- and land-based activities or for a more relaxed day out you can simply watch from the beach!
  • Nights out – Many pubs and eateries line the waterfront and regularly host live music events. The small community feel of the village is always guaranteed to provide a fantastic atmosphere! Visit Café Ode to experience an award winning, locally inspired and sustainability focused restaurant offering hot & cold drinks, breakfast items, sweet treats and light lunches.
  • Sport – Shaldon Bowling Club green is situated right in the heart of the village and is one of Devon’s most successful clubs, providing bowlers for county and national level. If you're after an adrenaline rush why not give waterskiing on the Teign a go! It’s a friendly non-profit club which originally started as a waterskiing club and has now evolved to include wakeboarders too.​ There is even a slalom course and ramps if you're feeling brave!

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