Free things to do in Budleigh Salterton

There’s never a dull moment in Budleigh Salterton! Whether you’re in town for the many events or passing through while exploring East Devon, there’s plenty to see and do, especially if you’re on a budget or looking to save a few pennies.

Be active for free

In Budleigh Salterton there are plenty of chances for an active holiday without having to break the bank. The National Cycle Network Route 2 passes through the town and connects Budleigh with neighbouring Exmouth along the old railway line and you can also explore the Pebblebed Heaths.

Not bringing bikes? Why not explore on foot? The South West Coast Path can be accessed from the beach and there are a host of lovely walking trails all around the town. For accessible routes perfect for the family or anyone wanting off road, level paths, you’ll find lots of options via the East Devon Natural Landscape (AONB). The region is ideal for dog walkers too and with the Devon Loves Dog scheme, you can enjoy the countryside with their Four Paws Code, to keep everyone safe and ensure we all have fun.

For the younger visitors or those that like a challenge, visit the town’s skate park. Located at Lime Kiln car park, you can enjoy endless fun here whether on two wheels or four!

Visit the beach

While exploring the Jurassic Coast you have to spend some time at the beach. As well as providing somewhere picturesque to spend a few hours exploring (just remember that the pebbles are protected, so you can’t take them with you!) As well as the beach, there are plenty of chances to embark on some water sports, either on your own or part of an organisation. You’ll find companies offering paddleboarding, SUP, kayaking, wind surfing, kite surfing, waterskiing and wakeboarding.

There are also places you can book tuition with experts for those of you wanting to learn a new skill.

Learn more about nature

With otters, beavers and over 120 species bird being spotted around the River Otter estuary, you’re never too far away from a cute creature or two. If you’re a fan of nature, make sure to visit the River Otter Estuary Nature Reserve, which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and is perfect for anyone who loves birdwatching – no matter what the season, there will always be something new to spot.

The Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust is another must visit spot for seeing wildlife in their natural habitat. Why not spend some time putting together a treasure trail for the family and making notes every time you see a certain plant or bird? It’s a wonderful way to get out and about, get some fresh air and make memories without having to incur any costs!

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