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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.
Cooling down at the mill
Visit on Wednesday and 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
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.
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
- 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.