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Budleigh Salterton enjoys the benefits of being beautifully rural, it can be found within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is surrounded by farmland, as well as water. It is on the start of the Jurassic Coast and has a 2 mile long pebble beach which includes safe, clean water, perfect for swimming and splashing around with the family.
The area is incredibly diverse and has many amazing natural landscapes to enjoy, plus a wealth of flora and fauna and wildlife that can be spotted as you explore. The nearby Otter Estuary is a nature reserve where you can see lots of birdlife. The River Otter is also home to a number of beavers. The five year Beaver Trail began in 2015 where a number of beavers were reintroduced into the area, they have now established their territory and can be seen swimming along the river. You’re also in close proximity of the Jurassic Coast, the coastline at Buddleigh Salterton is at the edge of the Jurassic Coast, making it a beautiful place to walk along.
The town centre has a varied range of shops, most of which are independent and speciality shops, providing a treasure trove of unique gifts. There is also a comprehensive choice of cafes, restaurants and pubs offering extensive menus, suiting every taste. The high street includes a gentle brook that flows through the centre, it is one of Devon’s most unspoilt and charming towns. It is a delightful holiday destination or a relaxed and friendly location for a day trip.
There are plenty of things to do in and around Budleigh Salterton. The coastal path is easily accessible and offers a delightful walk. The nearby estuary is a great spot for bird watching and for those that prefer a bit of retail therapy, the high street is a charming and quaint place to browse. There are some wonderful views from the Promenade for budding photographers, on a clear day, you can even see Portland Bill in Dorset and Berry Head from here.
There are a number of sports and games activities on offer, for anyone who wants to do something more active while on their holidays. The area is also a haven for keen cyclists. From the Green, there is a cycle track complete with some wonderful picnic spots that extends into Exmouth along the old railway. For those of you who don’t have access to your own bikes or don’t have the chance to transport them, there are businesses in town who offer a bike hire service, so there is no excuse to not take advantage of the wonderful countryside. One popular route is the one from Budleigh to Exmouth sea front, which provides travellers with a whole range of sites and attractions to enjoy on the way. Horse riders are also in luck as there are four riding schools within twelve miles of Budleigh Salterton where you can join trails through the town on horse back.
Of course, one highlight of the event calendar is the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival which takes place every year. The event always features top name authors and workshops for anyone interested in literature or writing themselves.