The walk passes Newton Abbot quay which until the 19th century, was the main means of getting goods to and from the town. Further along is Aller Brook, a nature reserve which forms a green wedge into Newton Abbot. The riverside path along the Templer Way is flanked by reed beds which form a valuable habitat for local wildlife.
Coombe Cellars Inn was renowned for smuggling in the early 19th century, its remote location at the time making it ideal. Part of the estuary-side of the Templer Way is tidal and cannot be walked at high tide. Aim to walk this part of the route within two hours of low tide (see local press or visit www.teignestuary.org). Beware of deep mud and keep to the top edge of the foreshore.