As a “taster”, explore Budleigh on our circular walk – you can view or download and print the walk guide as a PDF file here.
The South West Coast Path
The town has immediate access to the South West Coast Path and many people each year use Budleigh as a convenient overnight stay in their long distance travels. For the visitor based in or near the town, very enjoyable day or part day walks can be planned by using the coast path.
The section from Exmouth to Lyme Regis through Budleigh Salterton offers spectacular views and features, as it undulates between beach level and high points like Peak Hill and Salcombe Hill near Sidmouth. From Budleigh many of these can be incorporated into shorter round walks or accessed by public transport, thus allowing you to plan ‘Walk out – Bus back’ outings.
Exmouth via Sandy Bay is about 4.5 miles, and takes you over the high point – 430 feet with spectacular views down through the fields to the caravan park at Sandy Bay, where you could enjoy an ice cream or cup of tea, a cooling swim and the pleasures of sitting on the lovely sands, before setting off again over the cliffs and dropping down to the end of Exmouth promenade, which will take you up into the town, from where you can catch a return bus, or plan your return walk!
The Peace of the River Otter
A more gentle walk can be taken by going up the River Otter, a level walk of about 2.5 miles, up to the village of Otterton. There are many spots where you can sit and enjoy the peace, and maybe even see a kingfisher darting downstream. Otterton is a beautiful little village, well worth exploring, and has a good selection of pub and teashops etc. You can plan your walk to take advantage of a return bus.
Bus and Walk
Alternatively by catching the bus from Budleigh to Otterton you are able to walk out of the village, past the Monk’s Wall and pick up the coast path near Ladram Bay. By turning right you head back to Otterhead and Budleigh [after a short[ish] diversion up to White Bridge]. A left turn will take you to Ladram Bay – more ice creams etc., and on to Sidmouth over Peak Hill, which at over 500 feet will make you puff a bit.
Through Heath and Woodland
Woodbury Common, the nearest point being about 4 miles away is criss-crossed by paths and provides ample opportunity to get lost! The walking here is over heath land and woods, and also gives access to footpaths and quiet lanes in the adjoining area.
This extensive range of commons, is extremely rich in wildlife and natural history, and contain the geologically important Pebblebed Heaths. There are several well placed car parks which allow walkers of all ages and abilities the opportunity to enjoy this unique area.
Access for all!
Recent work on the 2 mile section of path from the Lime Kilns car park to Otterton, has improved access, so that all – young and old, able-bodied or with restricted mobility – can enjoy the landscape and wildlife of this beautiful area. The Otter Estuary is a Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest, managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust and an important area of salt marsh, with good numbers or waders and wildfowl using it between October and March.
For more information about birdwatching opportunities, click here.
For those who like to prefer others to do the organising, the Otter Valley Association run a programme of guided walks in the area, and also publish a very useful handbook of 12 walks (available from the Budleigh Salterton Tourist Information Centre). For more information about the guided walks, visit the Association’s website.
The staff of the Budleigh Salterton Tourist Information Centre are here to help you find out more – click here for details.