Walking around the River Otter


Tidal marsh of Otter Estuary by Tony in Devon (Own work) | Public domain| Wikimedia Commons

The walk around River Otter begins in the village of Otterton, where you will find plenty of on-road, free parking. It about 6 miles, and should take about 2.5 hrs to complete.

Walk along the river for about half-an-hour. There are open fields to your right. Eventually you will reach a road. Turn left at this road and go over the bridge, so that you are now on the left bank of the estuary.

You will find that this is the Otter Estuary Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. This is an area of reed bed and grazing marsh. The reserve is full of bird varieties most times during the year.

Follow the sign posts around the reserve, with open fields now on your left.  If you look up, you will see a bird hide half-way up the hill overlooking the estuary. This is a great spot to view all the activities on the river.

Having had a bit of a breather in the bird hide, continue walking to the mouth of the River Otter.  You will be able to look across to the seaside town of Budleigh Salterton.

At this point you join up with the South West Coast Path eastwards – and upwards!  You will find there is a climb, a drop and another ascent along this stretch of the coast, which is part of the newly-named World Heritage Site.

The prehistoric cliffs are amazing to see, make sure you have your camera with you! On a clear day you can even see High Peak and Sidmouth in the distance.

At the bottom end of the village you will find a very pretty bridge over the River Otter, where you start the walk following the right bank of the Otter. It takes around an hour or so to walk from the road bridge at the Nature Reserve, to a footpath sign, which sends you inland and back to Otterton.

Once you are back in Otterton, why not stop and have a bit to eat, in the King’s Arms.

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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