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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. 

Enjoy the spring

Spring has arrived in the valley © Tim Bowden/National Trust

Put on a pair of wellies and try our Historic Branscombe walk. It's a 30 - 40 minute walk from the National Trust car park next to the Old Forge. Look out for the primroses in the woods. Send us your photos.

Lunch and tea

The baking room, ovens and equipment have been left for all to enjoy © Mike Townsend

At the Old Bakery tea-room enjoy morning coffee, lunch or tea under the historic thatch or alfresco in the pretty garden. Dogs in the garden are welcome.

Mill opens on Sundays

There are regular demonstrations of the Manor Mill machinery © Mike Townsend

After a good spring clean, the mill opens to visitors in April. Visit on Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm and discover the mill's story. Children can enjoy dressing up and completing their own quiz.

Join us for a beach clean

17 April, 10am-1pm

A feel-good activity for all ages. Help us clean Branscombe Beach. You'll be amazed at what the tide brings in. Finish the day by creating beach art sculptures.

Rainbow's end

Rain, sunshine and rainbows at Branscombe

Follow the rainbow to its end and you will find yourself on Branscombe beach. We can't promise gold but at low tide there are sealife 'treasures' in the rockpools.

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