Budleigh Salterton is a small town at the mouth of the River Otter, on the south coast of Devon, fifteen miles from Exeter. It is in designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, characterised by vast areas of heath lands, breathtaking cliffs and hilltops and intimate wooded combes. Budleigh Salterton is also part of the Jurassic coast, England's only natural world heritage site. Towns within five miles of Budleigh include East Budleigh, Otterton, Colaton Raleigh, Lympstone, Exmouth, Woodbury Road Station, Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth and Starcross.
Budleigh Salterton is a beautiful place where coast meets country. It has a thriving high street, is convenient for walking South West Coastal path, visiting the Otter Nature Reserve, playing bowls, tennis and croquet at the Games Club and has opportunities for fishing, cycling and horse riding. It is this that makes it a popular tourist destination and the reason why Devon Tourist Board receive so many enquiries for maps, hotels, guest houses, camping and caravan sites in the locality and surrounding area.
The most popular type of accommodation is self-catering and holiday cottages come out on top, as they have all home comforts, possibly a garden and allow you more freedom to explore East Devon than staying in a hotel room. Many Devon estate agents deal in holiday cottages as well as selling houses.
There are various types of holiday cottage in Budleigh Salterton including thatched cottages, barn conversations, riverside cottages and rural cottages. Whatever you choose, you will be sure of a perfect base for your holiday.
Budleigh has a nice shopping centre and close by is a park, called The Green. The pebbly beach extends for over two miles from Littleham Cove to Otterhead. The water is clear and bathing is safe. Fairlynch Museum is in a listed thatched building and covers the geology and history of the region. Other museums include the Sid Vale Heritage Centre, Dawlish Museum in Knowle House and Topsham Museum besides the River Exe. Also situated on the River Exe is the historic family home of the Earl of Devon, Powderham Castle.
The Escot Gardens, Maze & Fantasy Woodland is a place for people who love nature. It has over two hundred acres of parkland trails to explore, plus, birds of prey and falconry displays, otters, red squirrels and wild boar, wetlands and waterfowl and a restaurant. Canonteign Falls in theTeign Valley is the highest waterfall in England and these ancient woodlands also have abundant wildlife. Places of historic interest include Salem Chapel, Cadhay, Exeter Cathedral, Exeter's Underground Passages, Ugbrooke Park, the home of the Lords Clifford of Chudleigh and Compton Castle.
Horse racing enthusiasts can visit Newton Abbot Racecourse and Budleigh Salterton has its own riding stables for those wanting riding lessons or hacks. The Budleigh Salterton Sea Angling Club is based at Exmouth and Sidmouth has a sea angling a sailing club. Other attractions include Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, A La Ronde, Babbacombe Model Village, Branscombe Manor Mill and Marker's Cottage.
Plymouth and Exeter airports serve Budleigh Salterton, as does the Port of Plymouth. The nearest railway station is at Exmouth and Stagecoach buses operate in the area.