Beaches in and around East Devon- Part 2

Budleigh Salterton

The 2 mile long pebble beach and cliffs of Budleigh Salterton are part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site, in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB.) It remains one of Devon’s most unspoilt and charming towns, with lots of independent shops and retailers, as well as a monthly farmers market. The beach is very safe for bathing and the water is clear. Families can relax at the beach side cafes or hire a beach hut, and there are plenty of places to explore by the rocks at the mouth of the River Otter. There is also a large wild bird sanctuary on the estuary which provides an important haven for migratory birds and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. For families, a wonderful day out is Bicton Park with its botanical gardens and great play areas for children.

Best DevonDays in Budleigh?

  • Farmers market on the last Friday of every month
  • Budleigh Music Festival in July
  • Bird watching on the estuary
  • Bicton Park Botanical Gardens


Seaton has a mile long shingle beach sheltered between cliffs, where the mouth of the River Axe flows into the estuary and meets the bay. Above the beach is the Esplanade running from one end of the beach to the other. At the top of the red cliffs are the Cliff top gardens with picnic tables and fantastic views over the bay. Seaton’s Millennium Labyrinth can be found in these gardens. The small town has two main streets with a wide selection of independent shops. There is a small harbour mainly used for recreational purposes and homes all the local fishing boats. As well as tennis courts there is a putting green, children’s playground, a cricket and a bowling club. Or why not take a trip on one of Seaton’s famous Trams which carry over 100,000 passengers a year?

Best DevonDays in Seaton?

  • Have a trip on an open topped tram
  • Walk round the Seaton Labyrinth
  • Watersports in Seaton Bay
  • Take the 2 mile picturesque walk to Beer…


Beer is a very unspoilt Devon fishing village, set in a sheltered location on the Devon coast. It has a sheer cliff coastline which is a very distinguishing feature of this small town, with its well known attractions of the underground caves, lying hidden underneath the chalk cliffs. The Jubilee Gardens (created by the people of Beer to honour Queen Victoria) are high up on the cliffs and overlook the bay with beautiful views. The beach is shingle and full of brightly coloured boats, nets and fishing paraphernalia. It is very sheltered so a fantastic sun trap. The village is small, but has a lively community. There are lots of B&B’s, a few antique shops and you can get your fresh cockles too!

Best DevonDays in Beer?

  • Explore the quarry caves
  • Watch the fisherman bring in their catch
  • Wander the pretty unspoilt streets
  • Regatta week in August

Meanwhile, as part of our #FarmhouseFoods campaign our latest recipe is for delicious Devon Sesame Seed Loaf. This recipie is by Anne Boldry from Newhouse Farm, Oakford, Tiverton.

Sesame Seed Loaf

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