Jurassic Coast: The Dorset and East Devon coast has become a World Heritage Site due to its oustanding geology, which represents 185 million years of earth history in just 95 miles of coastline. The cliffs are renowned for producing fossils from countless different periods of time, including many from the dinosaur age.
The Otter Estuary and Valley: The Otter Estuary is a Nature Reserve and Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty and part of the South West Coast Path, managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust. The estuary was formed by a large Pebble Bed separating it from the sea. A vast number of birdlife species may be seen, including Kingfishers, Sandmartins and little Egrets.
The Otter Valley provides beautiful riverside walks along much of its length, passing adjacent to a number of picturesque villages, the majority of which have a convenient and welcoming pub for refreshment of one form or another. Wildlife abounds, and many (including ourselves) have sighted Otters swimming in the river seemingly unfazed by the proximity of human contact.
Raleigh Country: The heart of Raleigh Country is East Budleigh (3 miles distant), being the birthplace of the famous Elizabethan, Sir Walter Raleigh. His home was the farmhouse 'Hayes Barton', which may be found a short distance from the village.
Bicton Botanical Gardens: With over 60 acres of magnificent historic gardens, Bicton also hosts a 19th Century Glass Palm House reminiscent of that in Kew Gardens, and a countryside museum. The beautiful Victorian Church is well worth a look at too. The gardens are open to visitors all year round, from 10am to 6pm (5 pm in the winter months).
Topsham: Situated on the river Exe estuary, Topsham is an old port for the City of Exeter, with many narrow streets, shops and eating places as well as an attractive river frontage.
Sidmouth: Is an elegant Regency seaside town that became a popular resort in the 19th Century. In character it is beautiful and relaxing with a wide variety of quality independent shops and many good places to eat.
Newton Poppleford: Our village found its name many centuries back being 'the new farm on the pebble ford'. Although the pebble ford has long since been replaced by a picturesque stone bridge, the village retains all of its character including many pretty thatched cottages, and a Toll House dating back to 1750. The village has a useful shop and Post Office, and several places to eat out - including one of the best Italian restaurants in the south of England.