Branscombe historic walk

Walking trail

Discover the history of the beautiful village of Branscombe on this short walk. This footpath is quite rocky in places, with two very steep slopes en route. Dogs are welcome except at the tea-rooms, forge and mill.

The small orchard at Branscombe next to the Old Bakery Tearooms


Map route for Branscombe historic walk


Branscombe National Trust car park grid refer: SY197886


From the car park carefully cross the road and go through the gate opposite, passing the information point and some toilets. Follow the path through the orchard and past the Old Bakery Tea Rooms. Cross over two fields and along the millstream, known locally as a leat, through the Millenium Orchard.

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At the far side of the orchard you'll find the National Trust's Manor Mill, a working watermill. Manor Mill is open on Sunday afternoons from April to October, and Wednesday afternoons in July and August. Turn right after Manor Mill and head up the hill, along a farm track and then through the fields. Be careful here, its very steep and can get slippery in wet or cold weather. Go up the flight of steps until you reach a bridle path.

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Turn right and follow the bridle path through the woods. If you want a longer walk, you can turn left here to go to the coast and beach.


Turn down the hill and proceed carefully down another steep slope until your reach the church.


Branscombe church is a fine example of 14th-century architecture. After the church walk down the road past a picturesque row of thatched cottages and the local post office. When you get to the end of the cottages turn left and walk up the small lane until you reach Branscombe school. We built a new path from the school back to the car park in 2009, so that young children didnt have to walk up the road. Follow the path back to the car park to complete your walk.

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We hope that you really enjoyed this one-mile walk. The National Trust looks after some of the most spectacular areas of countryside for the enjoyment of all. We need your support to help us continue our work to cherish the countryside and provide access to our beautiful and refreshing landscapes. To find out more about how you too can help our work as a volunteer, member or donor please go to


Branscombe National Trust car park grid refer: SY197886

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Branscombe historic walk


This walk is quite rocky, with two very steep slopes en route. Dogs are welcome except at the tea-rooms, forge and mill.
Branscombe historic walk

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Branscombe historic walk

How to get here

Branscombe, Seaton, Devon EX12 3DB
By train

Axminster, 8 miles (12.8km) away

By road

Off A3052, signposted Branscombe village. National Trust car parking at start point, free but donations welcome. Car parking also available at village hall next door

By bus

The Axe Vale 899 to Branscombe stops less than 27yd (25m) from the start point

Branscombe historic walk

Facilities and access

  • Type of walk: 'Beautiful Views', 'Historical Footsteps'
  • Grade of walk: Walking Boot (steep/rocky)