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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.

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