Heading back on the coast again we went to Budleigh Salterton in East Devon on a sunny day recently to walk some of the coast path. The day looked to be settled and fine and when we arrived few people were around. While the above looks west we set off heading east.
Having crossed the river Otter a little way inland, the path follows the river back to its mouth before heading east. I rather liked the view above which looks over the Otter and west along the coast.
The path follows the fields which go right to the cliff until you get to Ladram Bay. The photo above is taken just to the west of Ladram Bay and shows the view along towards Sidmouth. The sandstone cliffs and sea stacks made a lovely setting.
The sandstone stacks are very interesting and make Ladram Bay a worthwhile destination (despite rather a large caravan park). I’ll certainly aim to get back there early one day maybe when the sandstone would look even better in the light then.
The beach at Ladram is a little surprising as it is a shingle beach despite the surrounding cliff being sandstone. This shingle is common along Lyme Bay and is what makes up Chesil Beach much further to the east. It is a lovely sheltered cove.
We turned inland at this point as we had other things we needed to do that day and passed through the village of Otterton and picked up the river Otter again here. We followed it back to Budleigh Salterton passing this lovely weeping willow along its banks. It made for a pleasant walk combining coast and countryside and we will certainly head back to walk more of that area when we can.