CLASSIC DEVON: THREE COASTAL RESORTS
BUDLEIGH SALTERTON This charming resort’s main attraction is the two-mile sweep of pebbly beach, while the town has a maze of Georgian streets at its centre. An ideal starting point for exploring the coastal path in either direction, and there are tearooms galore for when you return.
SIDMOUTH Sir John Betjeman once described Sidmouth, which is bigger and grander than Budleigh, as “the loveliest seaside resort in England”. Stroll along the esplanade in front of the Regency guesthouses, or go to Jacob’s Ladder Beach at low tide for rockpooling, sandcastles and a great café at the top of the steps.
BEER Famous for its lacemaking, the village of Beer is petite and pretty. Grab some fish and chips, head for the beach and watch the fishing boats being winched up the steeply shelving shingle with the day’s catch. A walk around the chalk cliffs of Beer Head is a must.