Budleigh Salterton in South East Devon

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Budleigh Salterton

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Budleigh Salterton
Budleigh Salterton - image from The Pebbles

Fore Street,
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Fairlynch Museum

The Thatched Fairlynch Museum
Fore Street Budleigh Salterton
Local History, Geology, Costumes

Fairlynch Museum

Octagon and Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton
Copyright Derek Harper

The Boyhood of Raleigh

The Boyhood of Raleigh - John Everett Millais 1870

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 as Ottermouth.

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.

Fairlynch Museum

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 .

Next door to the museum is the Octagon where the artist Sir John Everett Millais stayed during the creation of his famous painting, '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.

Hayes Barton, The birthplace of Sir Walter Raleigh



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