Budleigh Beach

It’s the lure of the sea that calls most to Budleigh Salterton, the gentle waves acting as a beacon.  So, we’re extremely lucky that, wherever you find yourself in the town, you’re always less than 15 minutes from the beach!

Life’s a Beach

Budleigh’s award-winning beach is a 2.5 mile pebble beach with some of the most unique pebbles on the Jurassic Coast. It is the perfect place for reminiscing about childhood holidays and fun family days out. There are no cheap amusements and arcades on the beachfront, instead, you’ll find a peaceful spot to relax and embrace the healing qualities of the sea.

It is a popular place for swimming and regularly wins awards for cleanliness, there is no lifeguard, but the calm waters make it an ideal spot for families and those who like a quieter side of life.

Pebbles and Jurassic Coast

The large pebbles are unique to Budleigh Salterton and are the oldest rocks in the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. You can see Budleigh Salterton’s own fossil, which is a magnificent 445 million years old at the Fairlynch Museum. It is the starting point for the Devon end of the Jurassic Coast and forms part of the South West Coast Path with the Otter Estuary at the eastern end, a nature reserve with SSSI status.

Water sports lovers will be in their element here too, with the area popular with paddleboarders and kayakers. Equipment is available for hire from the beach during the summer season.

Meanwhile, anglers can enjoy fishing for halibut, mackerel, plaice, and more a historic pastime. If fishing is not your thing, then you can sit back and watch the hustle and bustle of local fisherman landing their fresh catch on the beach.

Beach facilities 

The beach in Budleigh Salterton offers a range of facilities and activities for visitors to enjoy. Here are the features and amenities available:

  • Beach Cafes: There are three beach cafes where you can relax and grab a bite to eat while enjoying the coastal views.
  • Fishing: The beach provides opportunities for fishing, allowing fishing enthusiasts to try their luck and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
  • Lime Kiln Car Park: There is a convenient car park called Lime Kiln Car Park located near the beach, providing easy access for visitors.
  • Children's Play Area: Families with children can take advantage of the children's play area, where kids can have fun and play in a safe environment.
  • Seafront with Level Walking: The beachfront offers a pleasant and level walking area, allowing visitors to take leisurely strolls while enjoying the beautiful coastal scenery.
  • Disabled Toilets: The beach provides toilets specifically designed for disabled individuals, ensuring accessibility and convenience for all visitors.
  • Dog-Friendly Beach: From May to September, parts of the beach allow dogs. Leaflets with specific information about dog-friendly areas are available for reference.
  • South West Coast Path: Budleigh Salterton is part of the renowned South West Coast Path, offering scenic walking trails and opportunities to explore the coastal beauty of the area.

These beach facilities and amenities cater to various interests and ensure an enjoyable experience for visitors to Budleigh Salterton's beach. The western end of the beach is frequented by naturists, the area is clearly signposted.

Hire a beach hut here

There are 12 beach huts located on Budleigh Beach available for hire during the summer season. Availability for 2024 will be available shortly, should you have any questions, you can contact huts@visitbudleigh.com

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