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Budleigh Salterton, easy walk

What I can always guarantee with my 3 small ones is someone complaining at some point on a walk; its also not distance dependent.  Persuading them that there will be some great views of course gets no response but there is enough interest when a stop at a bird hide is mentioned (with a snack thrown in for extra momentum).

The views through the pine trees across to Budleigh seafront are picture perfect. At the bird hide, plenty of opening and shutting the shutters  (and yes the promised snack), followed by a look for bats in the bat house at the end of the walk near the estuary head keeps everyone happy. Its an easy stroll and for the hardier would be great to walk on to Ladram Bay, 3miles, or the other way back to Otterton about 1 mile. Here you could stop at the lovely Otterton Mill for refuelling.

  • park at White Bridge near South Farm (turn left as you hit Budleigh from East Budleigh)
  • signed Pynes Farm Shop from the main road; worth a visit post walk
  • fairly level walk and a red Devon clay path
  • at the right time of day some great bird spotting (and bat spotting on warm evenings)

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  1. B. Ackhanding #

    Inviting pictures, especially the one shot through the trees back into town… the Budleigh’ view looking East out to those trees is stunning, would you happen to know what variety those lovely silhouetted trees are?

    September 24, 2012
    • VanessaB #

      the lovely silhouetted trees are pine, but not sure what variety, maybe someone else can clarify that?

      September 24, 2012
      • The pine trees are supposedly Monteray Pines but they look very different to the Californian ones – I would suggest Scots Pines!

        September 25, 2012
        • VanessaB #

          thank you, the trees really do make the view incredible especially on a sunny day. Whilst we are on the nature of the Budleigh area do you know what kind of birds one might see in the estuary there from the birdhide?

          September 25, 2012
  2. In the birdhide there is usually a list of current bird visitors to the river. As a keen birdwatcher, I would suggest you get info from the RSPB at Darts Farm, Topsham. The best sightings are during migratory seasons – soon the avocets will be back to overwinter on the Exe and Otter Rivers.

    September 26, 2012
  3. lymelane #

    Thanks for a great tip – a manageable stroll I might be tempted to try with my small brood this autumn. It seems Budleigh Salterton has a lot to offer: I’ll also be looking forward to the town’s literary festival next year, having narrowly missed out on some choice events this time around.

    October 9, 2012
    • VanessaB #

      me too! I definitely would like to visit the literary festival they seem to have great speakers. Maybe you could give this blog a guest post next year after the event?!

      Don’t forget the Ocean Cafe its well worth a visit especially with a small brood…

      October 9, 2012

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