Ladram Bay is a small southeast-facing beach near the village of Otterton, midway between Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth on the South Devon coast.
The private beach consists of pebbles and shingle with some sand. It is quite popular due to its proximity to the Ladram Bay Holiday Park, its easy access and its excellent range of facilities.
The beach looks out into the bay with its red sea stacks of Otter Sandstone dating from the Triassic Period. To a geologist, these are textbook examples, the stacks forming due to faults and weaknesses in the former coastline. The shingle on the beach is largely fragments of flint.
If visiting Ladram Bay beach, there is a wealth of things to see and do. The Seaview Shack offers light lunches and other refreshment including hot and cold snacks and ice creams. The beach kiosk hires out rowing or motor boats and kayaks to explore the water, or to try a little fishing. Diving and snorkelling is also good here under the right conditions.
The beach offers safe bathing in its sheltered waters with some great swimming. Younger members of the group may wish to explore the rock pools at the far end of the beach. The necessary nets and buckets are available from the Beach kiosk.
Birding enthusiasts often scan the nearby sea stacks for signs of nesting seabirds.
Dogs are not permitted on the beach, but there are dog walking areas equipped with dog bins located within the Holiday Park.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Interesting geology
✘ Total dog ban
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:
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