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The seafront looking west towards Exmouth. The red cliffs are around 250 million years old.
Budleigh Salterton shown within Devon
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The town has great cafes, licensed restaurants, tea rooms, gift and clothing shops, Bed and Breakfasts, Cookery Schools mostly situated in the High Street, Fore Street and Station Road (at the High Street end). Near the town centre is a park, known as The Green. Budleigh Salterton is also home to East Devon Golf Club, and beautiful coastal walks and a large Wild Bird Sanctuary on the estuary of the River Otter.
Budleigh is on the South West Coast Path, with clifftop routes eastward to Sidmouth and westward to Exmouth. The pebble beach and cliffs are part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site, although this is an arrangement of geographical convenience, rather than being correct from the geological time point of view. Much of the geology is Triassic, represented by bunter sandstone (Budleigh Salterton Pebble Beds) and the area is also known for the radioactive nodules containing vanadium and uranium in red marl at Littleham Cove.
The birthplace of Walter Raleigh is a couple of miles to the north, at Hayes Barton, near East Budleigh and the town is the location for the painting The Boyhood of Raleigh by Sir John Everett Millais. A blue plaque affixed to The Octagon commemorates Millais' stay in the town. The novelist Henry Hawley Smart died at Laburnum Cottage, West Hill on 8 January 1893. Other notable people associated with Budleigh Salterton include Henry John Carter, broadcasters Sue Lawley and Andrew Marr, ISSF 2006 World Shooting Champion Richard Phillips, Sally McNally, puppeteer of Muffin the Mule, the poet M. R. Peacocke, actress Belinda Lee, and writer Hilary Mantel author of Wolf Hall. The actor Reg Varney, died in a nursing home here in 2008. Children's book author George Mills (writer) died here in 1972 while living at Grey Friars.
Festivals and events
- Budleigh in Business - http://www.budleighinbusiness.org.uk/
- Food & Drink Festival - held in Budleigh Salterton Town Hall, October 2013 http://www.budleighfoodanddrink.org.uk/
- Guided Walks and Wild Bird Sanctuary on the River Otter - http://visitbudleigh.com/
- Gala Week – a series of fundraising events, organised by the Lions, held during the last week in May.
- Budleigh Music Festival – an annual event in July.
- Budleigh Salterton Jazz Festival - held annually in April.
- Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival - held annually in September since 2009
- Active Budleigh Festival - sporting activities and events.
- Budstock - a bi-annual one-day festival featuring local bands, usually at the beginning of August.
- Sundown - an annual 3 day computer arts demoparty, held every September since 2005.
- Imperial College Operatic Society visits Budleigh Salterton for two weeks in late July / early August (every year since 1966) to perform a musical.
- Christmas Day swim on Christmas morning
- Boxing day raft race down the River Otter, residents and groups make rafts and launch them down the river from Otterton to Budleigh
Sport and leisure
Budleigh Salterton is situated on the B3178 and the B3179 ends on the western edge of the town. It is served by three bus routes: The Coasthopper 157 (hourly) to towns Exmouth and Sidmouth, the 357 (hourly to Exmouth, also forming the town service) and the 57C (one journey each way) to Exeter and Bicton College. Off-peak bus services to Exeter ceased in 2003 and peak services were withdrawn in early 2005 but the 58 was extended to serve the town twice daily in October 2005.
In popular culture
- In the song "(Now) I know (where I'm going) our kid" by the parody group the Shirehorses, Budleigh Salterton is cited satirically as being on the road to Scotland.
- The character Giles Wemmbley-Hogg portrayed by Marcus Brigstocke in the radio programme Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off lives in Budleigh Salterton.
- Budleigh Salterton was used as a location for Jeremy Clarkson to review the Bentley Continental GT in a 2003 episode of Top Gear. He described the name Budleigh Salterton as the sort of name an owner of a Bentley Continental GT would have - and "Britain's most overpriced, dreary place."
- In an episode of Blackadder the Third, after one of his failed get-rich-quick schemes, Mr. E. Blackadder exclaimed "I don't believe it! Goodbye Millionaire's Row. Hello Room 12 of the Budleigh Salterton Twilight Rest Home for the Terminally Short of Cash!"
- Referred to in Blithe Spirit - "What ever is wrong with Budleigh Salterton?"
- Budleigh Salterton is referenced briefly in an episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, "The Cycling Tour".
- The town Budleigh Babberton in the Harry Potter books is named after this town.
- Budleigh Salterton was mentioned in an episode of Granada Television's adaptation/dramatisation of the Sherlock Holmes story Charles Augustus Milverton (aired under the title, "The Master Blackmailer") as an intended honeymoon location. In the original account by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, however, this location (as well as the entire scene) was never mentioned, so it cannot be relied upon as canon under Holmes lore.
- Budleigh Salterton is affectionately known as "God’s Waiting Room"
The Jurassic Coast stretches over a distance of 153 kilometres (95 mi), from Orcombe Point near Exmouth, in the west, to Old Harry Rocks on the Isle of Purbeck, in the east. The coastal exposures along the coastline provide a continuous sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning approximately 185 million years of the Earth's history. The Jurassic Coast contains a large range of important fossil zones.
- "East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Website". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
- "Fairlynch Museum".
- Geology of the country around Exeter: memoir for 1:50 000 geological sheet 325 (England and Wales), British Geological Survey Memoirs Series, Richard Anthony Edwards, R. C. Scrivener, British Geological Survey, Stationery Office, 1999
- by Larissa MacFarquhar. "How Hilary Mantel Revitalized Historical Fiction". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2012-12-30.
- "Active Budleigh Festival". Active Budleigh website. Budleigh in Business. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- "How To Find Us | Budleigh Salterton Football Club". Clubwebsite.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-30.
- "Budleigh Salterton". Disused stations: Closed Stations in the UK. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
- "Dorset and East Devon Coast". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. 2001. Retrieved 2007-01-14.
- Cooper, Andrew (2007). East Devon Pebblebed Heaths: 240 Million Years in the Making. Impress Books. ISBN 978-0-9556239-0-5.
- Ford, Alan (2002). Mark Rolle: His Architectural Legacy in the Lower Otter Valley. Otter Valley Association. ISBN 978-0-9507534-5-4.
- The Jurassic Coast Trust (2003). A Walk Through Time, the Official Guide to the Jurassic Coast. Coastal Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9544845-0-7.
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- Budleigh Salterton at the Open Directory Project
- Otter Valley Association
- Otter Valley Weather
- Budleigh Salterton: geology of the Wessex Coast
- East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust
- Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club
- Budleigh Salterton Town Council