Just a short drive from Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton is a pebbly beach in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and its pebbles are its claim to fame. The beach is made up of very large, flat pebbles which may look ordinary but actually date back all the way back to the Triassic period and historic fossils can be found on many of them.
Budleigh Salterton Beach is just 12 miles from Exeter and there’s parking nearby. You’ll find toilets, cafes and shops on the seafront to keep you fed and watered and if you require level access to the beach make sure you park up in Lime Kiln car park. There’s a seasonal dog ban on the main beach (which is the section between Lime Kiln car park and South Parade) between 1st May and 30th September, but this is a nice spot for a winter walk with your dog.
The beach is two miles long and its popular with families thanks to its safe bathing waters. Just be careful of the shelf which can leave swimmers out of their depth without much warning...go slowly as you make your way in to the waves. There can also be powerful currents close to the mouth of the Otter Estuary.
Families planning a visit should also note that nudists tend to use the western end of this beach.