If you’re booking a bed and breakfast break in Exeter for a little summer getaway you’ll find the city truly beautiful at this time of the year. Long strolls along the river Exe, time relaxing on Cathedral Green and alfresco dining in Princesshay, Exeter is definitely a summer city. But when the temperature begins to soar a day trip down to the beach gives a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Devon is the only county to have two separate coastlines and both are peppered with stunning beaches.
In fact there are so many wonderful beaches you can explore when staying in your bed and breakfast in Exeter that it can be hard to choose which one to visit. So let’s make it easier for you. Here are four incredible beaches that are all near bed and breakfast accommodation in Exeter.
If you want wide swathes of soft sand then Exmouth is perfect. Part of the incredible Jurassic Coast, Exmouth is a beautiful and very popular seaside resort. You can lounge on the sand and soak up the rays, go for a walk along the cliffs or if you’re feeling adventurous try your hand at a huge range of water sports. And the best part is that Exmouth is just a short drive away, making it an ideal beach to visit from your bed and breakfast in Exeter.
Located just a few miles along the coast from Exmouth is the picturesque town of Budleigh Salterton. Situated at the mouth of the River Otter, Budleigh offers a quiet beach day, with its pebbly beach and safe waters making it ideal for a refreshing swim. Be sure to enjoy a stroll along the estuary as it’s a breeding site for migratory birds and other important wildlife.
A long standing tourist resort, Sidmouth has been renowned for its clean air, beautiful pebble beach and calm waters for centuries. It’s a refined town with a stunning promenade and sweeping views out to sea. In the summer months the Sidmouth Town Band holds an evening concert every Sunday playing beautiful brass band music. A wonderful way to end the day before returning to your bed and breakfast in Exeter.
Moving further along the coast you’ll come to Beer situated on Lyme Bay. Sheltered by the craggy mass of Beer Head this beach is still home to an active fishing community with the boats drawn up on the beach due to the lack of a harbour. If you want to get in on the action there are mackerel fishing trips throughout the day, or you can hire boats by the hour. If you fancy getting out of the sun for a bit then be sure to visit the Beer Quarry Caves, which was a working quarry from Roman times until 1920.
These four beaches are all with easy striking distance of a bed and breakfast in Exeter, so you can enjoy a leisurely day at the beach with no rushing. Of course you’ll find dozens of other beaches along the southern coastline and if you want to venture further afield then the north coast has its own distinctive charm. So when you’re booking your bed and breakfast break in Exeter this summer be sure to ring your towel and sun cream and enjoy a day on a Devon beach.