The Salty is a bank of sand and shingle at the mouth of the river Teign. It extends from Shaldon on the south shore out into the estuary.
The river swings round its north and east sides in a great bend, forming Teignmouth harbour, before turning sharply east again to meet the sea between the Point and the Ness.
At low tide the Salty forms a great expanse of grey-brown in views across the harbour. At high tide it is completely covered by water. A Teign ferryman recalled that 30 years ago (c. 1981) it was never submerged: it had grass growing on it. People camped there in the summer.
Grace Griffiths’ History of Teignmouth (2001 edition) remarks that “a crossing by boat may always have existed from Teignmouth…In the early seventeenth century the crossing was ‘within the Manor of West Teignmouth’ and therefore further up the river than the present one. Salty — the large sandy island in the middle of the Teign — was then much lower if it existed at all.”
The Salty may be safely explored dryshod for an hour or two either side of low tide; anglers wear waders and stay longer. It can be reached by boat, or on foot from the south end of the Teignmouth and Shaldon Bridge or from floodgate No.2 west of the playing field in Shaldon. People have been seen on horseback. It is a peaceful place with unique views and an interestingly varied surface. It is also a haven for shellfish where oystercatchers and other shore birds hunt for their daily meal.
Cormorants congregate on the Salty opposite Teignmouth’s river beach, popularly known as the back beach. Cormorants have been culled in the past to placate fishermen who believed that the birds’ predations were adversely affecting their livelihoods.
Information extracted from: Geolocation …