The beach at Branscombe

Fantastic for a family day out, the shingle beach at Branscombe is part of the famous Jurassic Coast. Enjoy a dip in the water, see how far you can skim a stone, or see what hidden creatures you can discover in the rock pools.

On reaching the end of the steep valleys of Branscombe by foot or by car, you will arrive at Branscombe Mouth, a shingle beach which forms part of the East Devon and Dorset Jurassic Coast.

Stretching over a mile, the beach offers beautiful views of the Jurassic cliffs on either side of the valley, and is a popular starting point for walks on the coast path. Close by to the east is Beer, and slightly further to the west is Sidmouth.

Family fun

The long beach offers plenty of room for families to visit and enjoy the coast. Children can rock pool or skim the smooth pebbles underfoot.

During the summer months, from Easter, National Trust beach rangers will be on the beach on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, helping families with kite making, creating wild art, or scrambling around the rock pools.

The sea at Branscombe is perfect for paddling. For the more adventurous, why not take a dip?

The Seashore Code

Remember to follow the seashore code and help keep Branscombe a special place for you and for the
wildlife that makes a home here.

Handle me with care: Poking or squeezing soft-bodied animals like sea anemones can harm them.

Buckets: Keep one animal at a time in your bucket and not for too long –sea creatures get stressed too!

No nets: Use a bucket and your hands to catch rockpool creatures rather than a net. Nets can rip seaweed off the rocks and animals like crabs can lose their legs and claws if they get tangled up in the net.

Don’t make me homeless: Only collect empty shells.

Put me back: Always replace animals, rocks and seaweed as you found them.

Hey! I’m down here! Watch where you walk – you can easily dislodge or crush small sea creatures.

I don’t like litter: Take your rubbish home – litter is a killer.

Look after yourself: Branscombe is a wonderful place but be careful – the rocks can be slippery, the cliffs are high and the tides change quickly.

Fun things to take to the beach
Bring along a bucket and shovel for fun at the beach
Fun things to take to the beach

Please note: the beachside car park is not operated by the National Trust, and charging applies 24 hours a day. There is another small car park near the Old Forge which is free for National Trust members.