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Notice: Winter roadworks will be affecting roads into the village between 3 November 2014 to 27 February 2015. Just follow the diversion signs.

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. 

Turning up the heat at the forge

The Old Forge is believed to be the oldest working forge in the country

Visit the blacksmith's showroom to see beautifully crafted ironwork.

If you are lucky you'll see the furnaces red hot and Andrew making everything from candles to candelabra.

This is the only working forge left with a thatched roof.

Cooling down at the mill

Visit on Sunday afternoons from 2 - 5pm and discover the mill's story.

Watch the restored waterwheel turn and the mill machinery creak and crunch as a knowledgeable guide explains how it works. Younger visitors can enjoy dressing up or spotting the (plastic) rats hidden about the mill.

Take a stroll down to the beach

Families enjoying the sunshine on Branscombe Beach, East Devon

We also care for Branscombe Mouth, a long pebbly beach which has some great rock pools to explore at low tide. Just outside the mill is a wide and level footpath which will take you down to the beach (takes about 20 minutes). From here you can walk to Beer along the coast path or enjoy the views at East or West Cliffs.

Time for a bite to eat

Enjoy a cream tea at the Old Bakery, Brancombe

Enjoy a cream tea at the Old Bakery, Brancombe

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

The tea-room opens at 10.30am from Wednesday to Sunday until the 2nd November. Dogs are welcome in the garden.

Things to do at Branscombe

Wave jumpers

  • Climbing a huge hill
  • Checking out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
  • Creating some wild art
  • Jumping over waves
  • Going swimming in the sea
  • Skimming a stone
  • Eating an apple straight from the tree
  • Flying a kite

Visit our 50 things to do website for more ideas.