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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. 

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 Gary or Andrew making everything from candles to candelabra.

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

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.

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.