Budleigh Salterton

Budleigh Salterton beach
Budleigh Salterton beach, with the Triassic sandstone cliffs beyond. Photo: Copyright Visit Devon

Budleigh Salterton is a tranquil and historic seaside town lying about 15 miles southwest of Exeter. Situated within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it nestles on the edge of a pebble beach beneath some of the Jurassic Coast’s most spectacular Triassic red sandstone cliffs.

The town’s sheltered location at the mouth of the River Otter has made it a popular location since Roman times. Its famous bun-like pebbles, or cobbles, were swept ashore by ancient rivers. Walk westwards up the cliff along the South West Coast Path and you’ll be rewarded with outstanding views of the town and out across Lyme Bay.

Nearby attractions include the Fairlynch Museum, a distinctive thatched building displaying the local history, the botanical gardens at Bicton Park, and the River Otter, which is a haven for birdwatchers. The Otter estuary forms an area of reed bed and grazing marsh, and is an important area for migratory birds as well as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The famous Budleigh Salterton pebbles
The famous Budleigh Salterton pebbles. Photo: Copyright Visit Devon

Getting there

  • Bus services run regularly from Exmouth and Sidmouth.
  • The B3178 connects Budleigh with Exmouth to the west. It also runs north to connect with the A3052 at Newton Poppleford.

Need to know

The characteristic red Triassic sandstone cliffs that dominate the coastline at Budleigh and the surrounding area are the oldest cliffs on the Jurassic Coast. They were formed 250 million years ago.