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The stream that runs the waterwheel for Manor Mill
The stream that runs the waterwheel for Manor Mill | © National Trust Images / David Sellman
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Branscombe village walk

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 or Old Bakery Cafés.

Total steps: 5

Total steps: 5

Start point

Branscombe National Trust car park, EX12 3DB. Grid ref: SY197887.

Step 1

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. Check the website for up-to-date opening times for the Mill.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

After exploring the beach, go through the 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 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.

Step 4

Turn right, down the hill, and carry on carefully down another steep slope until you reach the church.

Step 5

At the church, turn right and walk along the road passing the picturesque thatched cottages that Branscombe is so famous for. After passing Forge Cottage, on your left will be the Old Forge. This completes your walk.

End point

Branscombe National Trust car park, EX12 3DB. Grid ref: SY197887.

Trail map

Map showing the route of Branscombe walk
Branscombe village walk route map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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