In the name alone lies a small pocket of local history. Budleigh Salterton - Saltern or Salterne as its was known - takes its name from the salt pans that used to be used to collect local salt for preserving. Although freely available on the coast, salt use to demand a high value in-land. The salt itself was collected by monks and the pans were made at the local Otterton priory. The priory made much of its living from its salt production, distributing it via pack animals to many of the villages sprawled out along the stretch of the River Otter.
The smooth pebbles on the beach are unusually large for the East Devon area. Many are reported to have been thrown up onto the beach from the Great Storm of 1824 and remained there to form the foundation of today's long stretch of beach. It was around this time that Budleigh began to build up its reputation as a popular Victorian coastal holiday town. The over large pebbles were even sold as souvenirs to visitors wishing to use them for amongst other things, as paper weights.
For those with an eye to tracing the roots of some of Britain's most famous historical figures, nearby Hayes Barton should not be missed. Although tiny, it is the location for the birth place of Sir Walter Raleigh.