A Walk Along the River Otter – 6 miles 2.5 hrs
This is a lovely walk, with some beautiful views along the way. Park up at the car park in the village Otterton, there is normally plenty of free parking available on the road. Go towards the end of the village, where you will see a bridge over the River Otter. You will be following the right bank of the River on your walk.
Walk for about half an hour, past the open fields to your right and you will come to a road. Once you are at the road, take a left hand turning over the bridge and keep to the left bank of the estuary. You will now have reached the Otter Estuary Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest, well worth taking a good look around.
Follow the sign posts and walk around the reserve where you will eventually come to a bird hide. This is a good spot for a picnic, if you happen to have brought something with you. Continue on the walk to the mouth of the River Otter and look across to the town of Budleigh Salterton.
At this point you will meet up with the South West Coast path which will take you eastwards on an uphill path. After climbing upwards, downwards and upwards again, you will come to an area of the World Heritage Site. Look across on a sunny day and you will be able to see the town of Sidmouth.
Carry on from the road bridge at the Nature Reserve, to a footpath sign, which sends you inland and back to Otterton. Once back in the village take some time to visit the local pub, the Kings Arms. They do a lovely lunch!
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