The Beach Guide

Budleigh Salterton Beach

Budleigh Salterton Beach - Devon

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The two kilometers of immediately recognizable pebbles that make up Budleigh Salterton's beach mark the western start of Devon's Jurassic Coast. Part of this ancient World Heritage Coastline, Budleigh Salterton is popular with families due to its calm, clean waters which are perfect for bathing, although the water has been known to occasionally suffer from algal blooms.

Beachgoers also have access to not one, but three beach cafes, beach huts which are available for hire and all the amenities in the nearby, pleasant little town of Budleigh Salterton.

On the quieter, Western end of the beach, large red cliffs rise up from the shoreline. These sandstone formations date back to the Triassic period, about 240 million years ago. Frequent erosion and falling rock is common here, so visitors are asked to take care when exploring this area of the beach, especially when with dogs or children.

The more popular, Eastern end of Budleigh Salterton is home to the Otter Estuary and its nature reserve. A well-presented visitor's centre as well as two viewing platforms allow visitors to explore a variety of saltmarsh vegetation as well as a large wintering wildfowl population.

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Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are only allowed on part of the beach from May until September. From in front of the Lime Kiln car park up to Otter Head - where the river enters the sea.

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    EX9 6NU

    OS grid ref.

    SY 0675 8188

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