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Step back in time to discover a restored mill and working forge in this pretty village

Nestling in a valley that reaches down to the sea on east Devon’s dramatic Jurassic Coast, the village of Branscombe is surrounded by picturesque countryside with miles of tranquil walking through woodland, farmland and beach. Branscombe's charming thatched houses, working forge and restored watermill add to the timeless magic of the place.

An easy graded trail winds up from the beach to the village passing Manor Mill, the Old Bakery tearooms and the working forge. For the more adventurous join the coast path and wander around Beer, once a notorious smuggling centre, or explore eastwards and discover wild dramatic cliffs and steep, green valleys. 

Join us for a Wild Wednesday

Each Wednesday over the summer holidays we will tick off a different ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’.

Every child will receive a ’50 things’ scrapbook with lots of ideas for free fun outdoors. Activities on the beach will include kite flying and rockpooling. Bug hunting and stream dipping will be held further upstream in the orchard near the Old Bakery.

Things to do at Branscombe

  • Climbing a huge hill
  • Checking out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
  • Creating some wild art
  • Jumping over waves
  • Skimming a stone
  • Flying a kite

Big Beach Picnic a success

Wild Art at Branscombe Big Beach Party

On July 4, hundreds of people joined us on Branscombe beach to 'Toast the Coast' and enjoy the sunshine.

Visitors were able to tick off some of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ making wild art, discovering sea creatures in rock pools and building mini rafts. The more adventurous were also able to enjoy watersports sessions.


Branscombe on film


Branscombe is a great place to explore whatever the weather.

Pop into the blacksmiths and you might be lucky to see this master craftsman at work. Slip on your boots and walk through the peaceful cider orchard to the now silent mill.

Then it's either a short walk to the Mason's Arms for a pint and a bite to eat or down to the beach with the thermos and sandwiches.