Walk - Colaton Raleigh to Budleigh Salterton
4.0 miles (6.4 km)
Church Road, Colaton Raleigh - EX10 0LL Lime Kiln Car Park, Budleigh Salterton
Moderate - Gentle river path, almost completely flat, with some tarmac stretches towards the end.
A gentle stroll along the banks of the River Otter, a tumbling river through a valley teeming with wildlife, once a bustling centre of maritime trading. Take a bus to Colaton Raleigh, settled by the Saxons in the eighth century, and meander beside the river to Otterton, a picturesque thatched village with a working mill that's open to the public. From here amble on down to the sea and take a look at the famous geological landmark of West Cliff, where there are large pebbles embedded in the rock.
A good walk in the springtime, when the bushes are alight with blossom and stands of yellow iris flags surround the marshy pools where tadpoles swim and newly-emerged dragonflies flit above the water. Look out for kingfishers hunting over the river, too.