Enjoy a 360 virtual tour of Budleigh Salterton one of Devon’s most unspoilt historic seaside towns part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site and it’s quaint surrounding villages
Budleigh Salterton is a nice seaside town with a long pebble beach which stretches west for 2 miles. Access to the beach is easy and it has facilities/parking right beside the beach. The far west of the beach is designated as naturist (500m west of Steamer Steps, indicated by signs). Being a large pebble beach it rarely gets rammed with people, so more often than not there’s plenty of room to choose where you want to sit and chillout. If you want to park near town then first try the free car park by the town council building behind the station road car park.
There isn’t particularly a lot to do in Budleigh, but there are a few nice walks, the easiest is the circular along the esplanade and along the Otter Estuary. If you like a more challenging walk then the walk to Orcombe Point and the geoneedle that marks the furthest westerly point of the Jurassic coast or in the other direction you can walk to Ladram bay and the high peak just beyond. There are a number food outlets to choose from to enjoy a pint and food when you get back.
Take a drive or walk down Dark Lane, it’s certainly one of the more eerie roads I’ve come across with the trees and roots up on the tall banks either side of you and arching over the road creating a complete canopy high above your head cutting out almost all the sunlight.
Budleigh Salterton is a small town on the coast in East Devon, UK 15 miles (24 km) south-east of Exeter. With clifftop routes eastwards to Sidmouth and westwards to Exmouth. It lies within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the South West Coast Path and is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site.
- The Beach is a 2-mile-long pebble beach.
- The far western side of the beach is a Naturist Beach.
- The beach is famous for its 440 million year old perfectly oval quartzite pebbles, which are significantly older than the adjacent cliffs. It is leased to the council by Lord Clinton for a shilling a year for 999 years with the proviso that there shall be no trading on the beach nor any untoward developments.
- Otter estuary is a nature reserve and an Area of Special Scientific Interest.
- The River Otter is home to England’s first wild beaver colony reintroduction trial organised by Devon Wildlife Trust. Beavers were hunted to extinction in England 400 years ago. After a government review of the five-year trial concluded, it was found that beavers do more good than harm in our environment, so the River Otter beavers, thought to number around 50 individuals, can stay as a permanent keystone species in the local ecology.
- Its 11-lawn croquet club (offering croquet, bowls and bridge), founded in the late 1860s, is one of the oldest and largest in the country.
- Otterton Mill has been in continuous use for over 1,000 years, making it one of the world’s oldest businesses.
- In 1870 the well-known painting the boyhood of Sir Walter Raleigh by the Victorian artist Millais was painted on the seafront by an ancient wall which is still there.
- Deep shelving beach
- Strong estuary currents
- Large breaking waves in stormy conditions
- Unstable Cliffs
Budleigh Salterton, formerly Salterton or Salterne, derives its name from the manufacture of salt in large salt pans which were constructed at the lower part of the River Otter, just before it emerged into the sea. Salt was the only food preservative used at that time. The pans were used as late as the 18th Century.
- In 1552 the renowned Elizabethan Sir Walter Raleigh was born here in the farm that is now known as Hayes Barton.
- Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
- Dark Lane
- Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre
- Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre
- High Peak
- Ladram Bay
- Ladram Bay Viewpoint
- Orcombe Point
- Otterton Ledge
- Otterton Mill
- Otterton Point
- Paddle boarding
- Riverside walk
- Sandy Bay Beach
- Sea Cruise
- South West Coast Path
- West Down View
- World of Country Life
- A Slice of Lyme
- Budleigh Fish & Chips
- Cosy Teapot
- Farmers Market, Public Hall (last friday of the month, Easter – October 9am – 12pm)
- The Feathers Hotel
- Fifty Degrees North
- Kings Arms Otterton
- Longboat Café
- Otterton Mill
- The Salterton Arms
- Sir Walter Raleigh
- Food and Drink Festival (April)
- Literary Festival (September)
- Music Festival (July)
The town is relatively compact, though there are some steep hills. Level access along most of the seafront esplanade from Lime Kiln car park. The 357 bus operates a loop around the town every hour during the day.
Budleigh Salterton EX9 6JD. Car is the easiest way to get here with a large car park by the beach with 300 spaces (Lime Kiln car park) or in town the free car park EX9 6RQ by the town council building.
- Bus, Budleigh Salterton has a regular bus service 157, 357 & 58 to Exmouth, Sidmouth and Exeter. The Jurassic Coast Bus Summer Service gives visitors access to other parts of the Jurassic Coast, by linking up with the CoastlinX53. This connects Exeter, Sidford, Beer, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Wool, Wareham and Poole.
- Car, best reached by turning at Newton Poppleford from the A3052 road, which runs from the outskirts of Exeter all the way to Lyme Regis, and provides a handy connection for many Jurassic Coast hot-spots.
- Train, Nearby railway stations – Exmouth (5 miles) or Honiton (12 miles).
- Beware of strong estuary currents.
- There is no lifeguard.
- Dogs are banned 1st May – 30th September (from Lime Kiln car park to South Parade).
- Beach Type: Pebble
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