IN SOUTH EAST DEVON map ref SX7466
Budleigh Salterton is situated in the centre of the beautiful
Lyme Bay area of East Devon on the western side of the river Otter estuary.
Budleigh Salterton is a tranquil town where you will find quality local
shops. Budleigh Salterton, has "moved with the times", whilst retaining
its character and "olde Worlde" charm. Budleigh Salterton has a
diverse range of shops, and places to eat and drink, offering friendly
and personal service and a wide variety of quality produce. A small
stream runs along the main street, through the centre of town to the
beach and into the sea beyond.
Budleigh Salterton's location is ideal for walking and
bird watching. Salterton is derived from the days when the main industry
of the area was salt-panning - in those days the town was known
The beach at Budleigh Salterton is a steeply shelving
crescent of pebbles, overlooked at the western edge by high red cliffs.
The beach is famous for its fat round pebbles - 'like buns or muffins'.
Though the beach is quite steep, the swimming is safe - for those who
require a sandy foreshore, a short walk westwards will bring them to
the small sheltered beach at Littleham Cove.
The coastline around Budleigh Salterton is formed from
rocks laid down in the Triassic Period (225 to 180 million years
ago). There are two main rock types, but the striking feature of
coast are the intense orange-red cliffs of Triassic sandstone. This
bed of coarse "Otter Sandstone" has been weathered into
fascinating shapes, patterns, and textures - by the action of the wind
and spray. Lying below the Red Sandstones are the "Budleigh Salterton
Pebble Beds", the source of the pebbles that the beach is so
well known for.
In the centre of Budleigh Salterton is the Fairlynch
- a small museum with displays of local and natural history of the area,
local geological and fossil specimens as well as, a display of Devon
Lace and a fine collection of costumes. The Fairlynch is a very rare
example of a "Thatched" museum. The building is a grade II listed
example of a typical marine cottage - built by Matthew Yeates, a local
ship-owner in 1811 .
door to the museum is the Octagon where the artist Sir
John Everett Millais stayed during the creation of his famous
'The Boyhood of Raleigh' - which can be seen in the
Tate Gallery in London. Sir Walter Raleigh was born just
two miles away from Budleigh Salterton at Hayes Barton.