Branscombe village walk

Walking trail

A short circular walk around the historic, beautiful village of Branscombe. Explore the village, take in coastal views, discover nature and perhaps stop for a drink or tasty treat at the Sea Shanty Café.

The stream that runs the waterwheel for Manor Mill


Map showing the route of Branscombe walk


Branscombe National Trust car park


From the car park, cross the main street and head through the gate, past the toilets and information room to the Old Bakery. From here follow the path and cross the zig zag bridge, then follow the leat that channels water all the way to Manor Mill. Manor Mill operated as a corn mill from 1700 until 1939. It has a restored water wheel that can be seen up close on certain days (for details call 01297 680507).

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Walk down the track in front of the Manor Mill and then go through the gate on the right, following the surfaced path all the way to Branscombe Mouth. The path ends at the Sea Shanty Café.

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After exploring the beach, go through the kissing gate and head up the steep path to West Cliff. The path passes a private home called the Lookout and two Second World War pillboxes. In the spring this hillside is covered in wild flowers and butterflies. Keep following the path up to the viewpoint and then head through the woods, taking in the views of Branscombe village through the gaps in the trees.

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At the five-bar gate you can take a detour down to the cliff edge and enjoy striking coastal views. Continue until the woodland opens out into a meadow and veer right, taking in another panorama of the village.

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Follow the path into a field, along a hedge and over a stile. Take the path and you'll stroll through Pitt Coppice, which is awash with bluebells, wild garlic and primrose in spring. The path emerges at a steep slope. Go down, through a gate and onto the road. At the junction, turn right and take a look at the picturesque thatched cottages that Branscombe is so famous for. After passing Forge Cottage, on your left will be the Old Forge.

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Branscombe National Trust car park

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Branscombe village walk


Track to Branscombe Mouth is suitable for pushchairs, thereafter the path gets rough and steep. Dogs welcome, except on the beach. Please keep them on leads.

Branscombe village walk

How to get here

Branscombe National Trust car park
By train

Honiton, 8 miles

By road

Enter Branscombe village, off the A3052

By foot

South West Coast Path within 3/4 mile

By bus

Axe Valley 899, Sidmouth to Seaton (connections from Axminster railway station or Honiton railway station)

By bicycle

Public bridleway from Great Seaside to Beer gives shared access for cyclists. View local cycle routes on the National Cycle Network website

Branscombe village walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome except at the tea-rooms, forge and mill