Budleigh Salterton Beach

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.

Type of beach


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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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Promenade

Nudist/naturist beach


Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SY 0675 8188


Around 300 car parking spaces are available for a charge. There are also spaces for the disabled.

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Budleigh Salterton Beach Reviews

Naturist area not forewarned well

Aug 10th 2021

Each to their own, but was really disappointed that the maps along sea front are misleading in that they seem to be the wrong way round for naturist area. There are no signs warning that you’re now entering that area. There is no coverage so can see it all on the non naturist area.  I really do not understand why this is not well managed and well coordinated. Firstly, not fair on clothed people to have to come across wrinkly balls unexpectedly in front of their children, secondly surely it would be better for the naturists if this part of the beach was not in full view/ unexpected and open to comments from shocked visitors such as myself? I think I said a fair few things that I wouldn’t have if I’d known it was there/ known I was approaching/ entering that area

What did we get wrong?