Budleigh Salterton sits at the mouth of the River Otter, 20 minutes drive from Sidmouth. The village has a charming high street with an interesting mix of independent shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants leading down to the sweeping bay with a pebble beach flanked by distinctive red Devon cliffs. At the Eastern end of the beach is a large car park and from here you can walk up the Otter Valley towards the mill at Otterton.
The village has plenty of places to eat and a small collection of independent shops and galleries.
There are weekly antique and flea markets as well as a farmer’s market on the morning of the last Friday of each month.
The local Museum is housed in a striking Grade II listed thatched building and worth a visit, although it tends to only open during the peak holiday season (April to end of September).
Budleigh Salterton Festivals
Budleigh hosts several notable festivals, the first is a Festival of Music and Drama, usually held in July and which features free lunchtime classical concerts on most days, walks, talks, exhibitions and events for children.
The touring society of the Musical Theatre Society of Imperial College London have been visiting Budleigh Salterton every year since 1968, usually the last last week in July and the first week in August. During the fortnight stay they present ten performances in the town’s Public Hall, as well as organising a charity concert in St Peter’s Church.
For several years Budleigh has also hosted a literary festival in September with readings and talks from authors and other events.
Walking trails around Budleigh Salterton
The Otter Valley attracts a wide variety of migrant birds and a walk by the river gives you the opportunity to catch a glimpse of some unusual visitors as well as the resident kingfishers. The river is, of course, home to otters, but also, more unexpectedly, a family of England’s only known wild beavers.
The South West Coast Path web site features a walking trail Budleigh to Otterton via coast path which can be turned into a circular walk if you return via the river valley walk instead of by bus as they suggest. Why not break the journey with a cream tea at Otterton Mill where they still mill flour on site for their own bakery?
Treasure Trails publish a murder mystery walking trail of Budleigh which is great way for families with children to explore the town.
Chandler’s Cottage guest recommendations:
“We loved the circular walk along the Otter to and from Budleigh Salerton – the Salterton Arms did good food and a gluten free beer – result!” KP (October 2015).