Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

This easy walk on a level rolled stone path follows the west bank of the Otter estuary from the Lime Kiln car park through to White Bridge. There are plenty of opportunities to observe the wild life including an informative accessible bird hide. Look for the Lime Kiln in the corner of the car park. See www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/440/ for more details.

Surveyed by: Allan Ginman, June 2012 (Summer)
Accessibility Rating: 1More Information
Distance: 1.2 km

Public Transport: Budleigh Salterton is accessible by bus from Exmouth and Sidmouth. Journey time 15 minutes from Exmouth, 25 minutes from Sidmouth. For timetable information visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.
Car Park: Lime Kiln car park (fee payable)
Steps: Optional at the end of the walk down to a riverside seat.
Barriers: Two gates - both of which open easily both ways and do not have latches.
Toilets: Accessible toilets on Budleigh Seafront (150yds from car park along level path)

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The Lime Kiln Car Park has designated Blue Badge parking spaces near the start of the walk.

Blue Badge parking bays The Lime Kiln Car Park has designated Blue Badge parking spaces near the start of the walk.

Lime Kiln Car Park - fee payable

Blue Badge parking bays Lime Kiln Car Park - fee payable

At the start of the path on the north side of the car park there is a gate. It is 1.4 metres (5’) wide and opens easily in either direction. It does not have a catch.

Gate At the start of the path on the north side of the car park there is a gate. It is 1.4 metres (5’) wide and opens easily in either direction. It does not have a catch.

The path has been surfaced with rolled
stone, which in dry weather leaves a slightly loose surface. The minimum width is 1 metre (3’). The route is almost flat (less than 1:20),
apart from a short, shallow dip about half way along.

Path The path has been surfaced with rolled stone, which in dry weather leaves a slightly loose surface. The minimum width is 1 metre (3’). The route is almost flat (less than 1:20), apart from a short, shallow dip about half way along.

 

Path

Smooth transition from rolled stone path to viewing platform

Viewing Platform Smooth transition from rolled stone path to viewing platform

The Lower Estuary Information Panel on the viewing platform.

Information The Lower Estuary Information Panel on the viewing platform.

 

Viewing Platform

The Otter Estuary is a very popular place for watching birds and other wildlife, which feed on the mud flats close to the path.

Bird Hide The Otter Estuary is a very popular place for watching birds and other wildlife, which feed on the mud flats close to the path.

The bird hide is wheelchair accessible, and the hide has space between the benches to enable wheelchair users to
watch birds.

Bird Hide The bird hide is wheelchair accessible, and the hide has space between the benches to enable wheelchair users to watch birds.

Even the birds use the bird hide!

Bird Hide Even the birds use the bird hide!

View across the River Otter

View View across the River Otter

 

Path

All seats are low wooden benches with good access from the path.

Seat All seats are low wooden benches with good access from the path.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Seat

 

Path

A slight dip with a gradient of 1:15 (6.5%) down for 10 metres and 1:11 (9%) up for 10 metres.

Gradient A slight dip with a gradient of 1:15 (6.5%) down for 10 metres and 1:11 (9%) up for 10 metres.

 

Path

The Interpretation board at the Middle Estuary.

Information The Interpretation board at the Middle Estuary.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

Again, a smooth transition from rolled stone path to viewing platform

Viewing Platform Again, a smooth transition from rolled stone path to viewing platform

The view downstream at the Upper Estuary viewing platform

View The view downstream at the Upper Estuary viewing platform

The Interpretation board at the Upper Estuary.

Information The Interpretation board at the Upper Estuary.

 

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Path

Across the River Otter looking downstream.

View Across the River Otter looking downstream.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

Approaching White Bridge

Path Approaching White Bridge

Before the gate there is a seat facing the River. There are 6 steps down to it.

Seat Before the gate there is a seat facing the River. There are 6 steps down to it.

The Info Panel at White Bridge

Information The Info Panel at White Bridge

Just before reaching White Bridge the old kissing gate has been replaced by a 4' gate with no latches that opens both ways. There is a slight rise of 1:30 approaching the gate.

Gate Just before reaching White Bridge the old kissing gate has been replaced by a 4' gate with no latches that opens both ways. There is a slight rise of 1:30 approaching the gate.

Otter Estuary to White Bridge Phototrail

 

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Barrier
Clearance
Gate
Gradient
Obstacle
Seat
Step
Surface
Visibility
Width
Accessible toilets
Blue Badge parking bays
CarPark
Public Transport
Toilets
Bird Hide
Boating
Cafe
Fishing
Museum & Heritage
Shelter
Viewing Platform
Visitor Centre
Water  Sports Centre
Wildlife
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Information
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Path
Start

 

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