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About Ottery

 ‘A little piece of heaven’ surrounded by glorious countryside.

We have a beautiful river ‘The Otter’ along which we can walk right down to the estuary at Budleigh Salterton. Taking advantage of a lovely sunny day we can then view England’s first Natural Heritage Site - the dramatic Jurassic Coast.  In Ottery we are surrounded by a family of small villages bearing names such as Wiggaton, Talaton, Gittisham, Tipton St John, Larkbeare, Escot, Rockbeare and Aylesbeare. The West Hill Woodland village borders on the town and we can also visit Whimple and Alfington where one will discover delightful churches and charming thatched cottages coupled with splendid views of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

One of Ottery’s greatest features is the presence of so many independent shops. You can find almost everything you need. It has DIY shops, art shops, local butchers, bakers, dress shops, a book shop, a fish shop and much, much more. The real joy is that in these shops you will get personal service along with a smile. There are also branches of national chains where again the service is warm and friendly reflecting the ‘glow’ that is Ottery.

Ottery also has a great variety of eating places in town. There are cafes, local pubs, restaurants, tea rooms and a fish and chip shop that all provide delicious local food. There is also a great community market held each month with produce from our farms and superb home-made cakes by members of the WI to be enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee.

Ottery has an abundance of sporting and other organizations offering a wide range of activities for all ages to enjoy. They vary from the recognised pastimes such as cricket and football to such delights as African drumming, a bowling club, a bridge club, the Ottery Choral Society, a Gardening Club, Rotary Club, the Ottery Town Band, a Tennis club,

a Table Tennis Club, Short Mat Bowling Club and so many more. The Guides, Brownies’ Scouts and Cubs are also very active in the town.

Other events that take place in town are the Food and Families Festival, Pixie Day in June and Otter Vale Art Society’s Show in August

Perhaps the most important part of Ottery, is the depth of warmth and welcome that is offered by its residents to those who come to visit, to work and perhaps to dwell in the town.

Phyllis Baxter

About Ottery

It was with great sadness and the deepest respect that we announced the passing of one of Ottery’s greatest assets and founder of this website, Phyllis Baxter.

Phyllis was a dear friend and started and supported the website from creation to its present incarnation. We will continue Phyllis’ work to celebrate the town of Ottery St Mary and hope that people will especially enjoy her photographs and descriptions for years to come.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Phyllis’ family. We love you Phyllis and will miss you terribly.