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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 on 4 July for the Big Beach Picnic

Toast the coast and tick off some of the 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾. Make wild art, check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool and build a mini raft for the great boat race.

Have a go at paddleboarding too. (£2 for 30 minutes)

A warm welcome at Manor Mill

Milling machinery at Manor Mill

Every Sunday afternoon the old watermill shudders and groans to life. Watch the wooden cogs wheeze and turn, while the old grinding stones send clouds of flour dust into the air. Explore the mill and discover it's interesting past.

Open 2-5pm. Entry is £2 adult and child £1. Free to NT members.

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
  • Skimming a stone
  • Flying a kite

Visit our 50 things to do website for more ideas.

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.