Otterton village and working water mill

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Otterton village and working water mill

Otterton is just 15 minutes drive from our Sidmouth holiday cottage and is the classic Devon village with pretty thatched cottages and a stream running through it.

The Otterton working water mill

There has been a working mill at Otterton since Norman times. The buildings fell into disrepair in the 1960s but were sensitively restored in the 1970s so that the mill could continue to work up to the present day. It has also become established as a thriving centre for arts and crafts. On certain days you can still see the traditional water wheel powering the mill to produce the renowned Otterton stoneground wholemeal flour.

There is a cafe, restaurant and, of course, a bakery which produces fresh bread, cakes and scones seven days a week to enjoy at the mill or take home. On Thursday evenings the mill and restaurant are open for music nights (booking is essential).

JA wrote “Otterton Mill worth a visit” after their stay at Chandler’s Cottage in September 2015.

Walks along the River Otter

From Otterton Mill there are very pleasant walk along the banks of the River Otter in both directions. For short walks you can park in the Mill car park. If you are likely to be out for more than 30 minutes there is parking available in the village. Alternatively, you can start your walk at the sea side car park on the East side of Budleigh Salterton and walk up river to Otterton (pausing for a well-earned cream tea before you return). Allow about two hours to walk from Budleigh to Otterton Mill and back.

Otterton links:

  • The Otterton Mill: opening times, milling dates, details of music evenings and sample menus or telephone 01395 568521.
  • Walkingworld: walks in the Otter valley linking up with the South West Coast path (search for Otterton in Devon).
  • The Otter Valley Association: a programme of guided walks and talks about the area, most of which are open to non-members.

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