Budleigh Salterton

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Coordinates: 50°37′42″N 3°19′14″W / 50.62841°N 3.32047°W / 50.62841; -3.32047

Budleigh Salterton
Budleigh salterton in south devon looking west arp.jpg
The seafront looking west towards Exmouth. The red cliffs are around 250 million years old.
Budleigh Salterton is located in Devon
Budleigh Salterton
Budleigh Salterton
 Budleigh Salterton shown within Devon
Population 6,575 (2012)
OS grid reference SY066818
District East Devon
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district EX9
Dialling code 01395
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament East Devon
List of places
The sea front, looking east towards Sidmouth
Budleigh Salterton is the location for The Boyhood of Raleigh (1871)
Blue plaque commemorating Sir John Everett Millais

Budleigh Salterton is a small town on the coast in east Devon, England, 15 miles south east of Exeter. It is situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designated East Devon AONB.[1]


Budleigh lies at the mouth of the River Otter, where the estuary forms an area of reed bed and grazing marsh, an important haven for migratory birds and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The town has 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.

Fairlynch Museum is a small museum housed in a listed thatched building. It covers the history and geology of the region, and offers exhibitions and a local archive.[2]

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.[3]

Notable residents[edit]

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.[4] The actor Reg Varney died in a nursing home here in 2008. Children's book author George Mills died here in 1972 while living at Grey Friars.

Festivals and events[edit]

  • 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.[5]
  • 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[edit]

Budleigh Salterton F.C. has a Non-League football club Budleigh Salterton F.C. who play at Greenway Lane.[6]


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.

Between 1897 and 1967, Budleigh Salterton was served by a railway line, built and operated by the London and South Western Railway, which ran from Tipton St Johns to Exmouth.[7]

Twin town[edit]

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In popular culture[edit]

Jurassic Coast[edit]

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.[9] 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Website". Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Fairlynch Museum". 
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ by Larissa MacFarquhar. "How Hilary Mantel Revitalized Historical Fiction". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  5. ^ "Active Budleigh Festival". Active Budleigh website. Budleigh in Business. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "How To Find Us | Budleigh Salterton Football Club". Clubwebsite.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  7. ^ "Budleigh Salterton". Disused stations: Closed Stations in the UK. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  8. ^ http://www.theactuary.com/archive/old-articles/part-1/brahms-and-list
  9. ^ "Dorset and East Devon Coast". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. 2001. Retrieved 2007-01-14. 

Further reading[edit]

  • 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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