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LADRAM BAY

In between the coastal towns of Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth is Ladram Bay, with its secluded pebble beach, holiday park behind, and iconic sea stacks just offshore. Made of red "Otter" sandstone, the rocks of the sea stacks were formed during the Triassic period, 200 million years ago, when the land that would go on to form Devon was an arid desert located near the equator and in the centre of Pangea, a super-continent containing all of the Earth's landmass.  

Along the South West Coast Path to the east of Ladram Bay is Peak Hill.  At 157m, Peak Hill has evidence of significant ancient earthworks, which investigations have shown to be primarily from an Iron Age hill fort (of which there are many in the region), but also with some evidence of earlier dark age, and later Roman occupation. There are stunning views from Peak Hill eastwards along the Jurassic Coast to Sidmouth and beyond. 

 

As a photo location, higher ground to the west of Ladram Bay gives a fantastic viewpoint for winter sunrises, and the sea stacks provide added interest to shots of the beach.  Although it can be a bit of a jinxed location for me (promising sunrise always seem to fizzle out!), it's a fabulously peaceful spot to sit and appreciate the beauty of the East Devon coast.