My other half used to holiday every summer at a welsh hill farm with a print on the wall by Sir John Millais. It's called 'The Boyhood of Raleigh' and he was excited to discover a blue plaque informing us this was the very wall depicted in the painting.
- Arts and Culture
On the west side of the beach is the River Otter with lots of wildlife.The pathway is suitable for anyone.Its a lovely small river and so peaceful.The other side of the river has some beautiful red cliffs with trees growing on them, a beautiful site,you can see all the birds in and around the river, its also a pleasant walk to nearby Otterton.
NO SAND HERE!!
This is the main beach at Budleigh Salterton and as you can see no sand just pebbles,Its a very safe beach and excellent for bathing,at the far end of the beach there is a lot of rock pools.To get into the water the pebbles go down in steps.
This is the beautiful thatched museum in the middle of Budleigh Salterton.Exibitions include History,Costumes,Lace and all about the Otter Valley.The displays are changed yearly.
The famed painting of 'The boyhood of Sir Walter Raleigh' by the Victorian artist Sir John Millais was painted just over the road by the sea front on an old wall still there.
- Museum Visits
Pebble Beach, Boats and Trees
At the end of the High Street and off just about every side street you will find the beach.
Budleigh Salterton is a pebble beach and is not that long. You'll often find boats beached along the coastline.
Views up the coast and towards the cliffs are great, I expecially like the collection of trees in the distance.
Beach, Cliffs and 185 Million Years of History!
Something I didn't know until I did a bit of hunting about on the internet...
UNESCO has named the 95 mile stretch of coast around Budleigh Salterton a natural World Heritage Site and "an outstanding example, representing a major stage of earth's history and the record of life"
The Dorset and East Devon Coast meets the requirements of World Heritage Status as follows:
The coastal exposures within the nominated Site provide a near-continuous, accessible sequence of rocks that documents almost 185 million years of the history of the Earth, spanning the Mesozoic Era.
The nominated Site includes a remarkable range of internationally important fossil localities, which have produced superbly preserved and diverse evidence of life during Mesozoic times.
The nominated Site represents an exceptional range of text-book exemplars of coastal geomorphological features, landforms and processes.
The nominated Site has been a crucible of earth science investigations for over three hundred years. It has helped foster major contributions to many aspects of geology and geomorphology.
The nominated Site includes stretches of beautiful and inspiring coastline, and lies entirely within areas which receive statutory protection in recognition of their landscape importance and/or scientific interest.
The rocks dip gently to the east and as a result the oldest are found in the west, around Exmouth and Sidmouth with progressively younger rocks forming the cliffs to the east. Indeed, the coast contains a virtually complete sequence through some 200 million years of geological time.
Another lovely walk is along the Marine Parade heading towards the River Otter and is suitable for any age.There are seats along the way to sit and take in the breathtaking scenery.
- Hiking and Walking
- Family Travel