Situated on the coast of East Devon, Budleigh Salterton enjoys the benefits of a beautiful rural setting, surrounded by farmland woodland and commons. The town lies within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Budleigh Salterton has a population of approximately 5,000, a wide range of small businesses, schools and many community facilities. The town and surrounding area offers a varied range of excellent accommodation for visitors. A prime attraction to both residents and visitors is the varied selection of shops, most of which are independent retailers, and cover all everyday needs and also include some high class speciality shops.
Eating out, from quick lunchtime snacks to special occasion dinners is a real pleasure, as the town and area offers a comprehensive choice of cafes, restaurants, takeaways and pubs.
Access to mainline railways – both the Paddington and Waterloo lines from London – together with Exeter airport and the M5 motorway are all within around 12 miles.
The coastline forms the western most section of Jurassic coast, , and the cliffs on either side of the town are composed of unique Red Devonian Sandstone. The beach, formed of large pebbles, extends for 2.5 miles, from Littleham Cove in the west to Otterhead in the east, where the River Otter meets the sea.
This work is by ‘Budleigh’s Banksy’, pebble artist Simon Wood ,
who raises funds for deaf children (NDCS) during the summer months.
Bathing is safe and the water clear, families can relax here, with the beach-side cafes, beach huts (available for hire by the day or week from the Information Centre) and the rocks at Ottermouth giving parents and children plenty to explore.
In the surrounding area, there are plenty of other fascinating places to explore:
Bicton (3 miles) Bicton Botanical Gardens with over 60 acres of magnificent historic gardens once the home of the Rolle family. It also hosts a 19th Century glass Palm House reminiscent of Kew Gardens, a countryside museum and its Bicton Woodland Railway. The Victorian church offers many interesting features too. Bicton picnic concerts are held in the Park during July & August, tickets are available from the TIC. Bicton membership allows free entry to Morwellham Quay.
Topsham (10 miles) Situated on the Exe Estuary, an old port for Exeter with many narrow streets, interesting river frontage, shops and eating places.
Lympstone (8 miles) Pretty little village near to Exmouth, on the N.E. side of the Exe Estuary.
Exmouth (6 miles) The largest town in East Devon and gateway to the Jurassic Coast. It has a 3 mile sandy beach and seaside attractions which caters for families of all ages.
Sidmouth (7 miles) Elegant, regency seaside town that became a popular resort in the 19th Century. National award winners for its many floral displays.
Otterton (3 miles) a picturesque village with many thatched cottages. Easy access to the cliffs and Ladram Bay, which has a small beach with interesting geological features.
East Budleigh (2 miles) A lovely village and the Birth place of “Sir Walter Raleigh” at Hayes Barton. On the edge of the village is the Salem Chapel an old Dissenters Chapel built in 1719. The road continues to Yettington, home of the Bicton Arena with many horse events throught the year.
Honiton (12 miles) A quiet yet thriving market town. Home of Honiton Lace and Pottery. it has a good range of shops and showrooms specialising in antiques.
Beer (15 miles) beautiful village nestling in a steep valley, with pebble beach noted for its fishing boats. Attractive cliff top area having magnificent views and plenty of room to park, walk, fly kites and picnic.
Branscombe (12 miles) A unique old village which stretches from the beach, about 2 miles up the valley. Old forge, fascinating cottages and good pubs. On the Sidmouth side of the village is the Donkey Sanctuary (free admission).
Ottery St. Mary (9 miles) Birthplace of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, stands on the River Otter. The splendid church built in 1260 by Bishop Bronescombe and based on the model of Exeter Cathedral. Nearby is Escot Park, with its gardens and summer campfor children.
Seaton (18 miles) Situated at the mouth of the River Axe boasting a pebble beach, walled promenade and harbour. The town centre offers a mix of Victorian & Edwardian architecture.
Axminster (25 miles) Home of the Axminster Carpet, this ancient agricultural town is set in the beautiful Axe Valley. A general market is held each Thursday.
Exeter (14 miles) is an ancient city with its magnificent gothic cathedral, medieval underground passages and historic quayside.