Branscombe is a picturesque village that lies on the Jurassic coastline in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It really is a picture postcard location; pretty rows of thatched cottages sit on a long winding lane down steep-sided valleys, terminating at a shingle beach, Branscombe Mouth.
Life in Branscombe centres around its two pubs – the Fountain Head and the Masons Arms – both of which have been included inCAMRA’s Good Beer Guide in recent years.
The village has a number of historic, but still working, buildings that have been under the ownership of the National Trust since 1965. The Old Bakery, Manor Mill and Forge at Branscombe offer visitors a fascinating opportunity to step back to a time when Britain had yet to experience the Industrial Revolution.
The National Trust also owns the beach at Branscombe Mouth and the cliffs that lie either side of it which explains why the area remains beautifully unspoilt. The beach is shingle and safe to swim from, and because it lies off the beaten track, it’s never overrun with tourists − even on the hottest of days. There is a thatched cafe and restaurant on the beach itself − the perfect place to enjoy an ice cream on a sunny day.
Branscombe Mouth is a stopping point on the South West Coastal Path which is widely regarded one of the world’s best walking routes. Whether you want a relaxing stroll or a more challenging walking holiday, the Coastal Path will have the walk to suit you. If you take the route to the East of Branscombe, you will find Beer, a working fishing village popular with holidaymakers for its picturesque stone cottages and beautiful beach. Follow the path to the West and you will come to Weston Mouth and the seaside resort of Sidmouth, home to the largest donkey sanctuary in the world. Every August, the town hosts Sidmouth Folk Week – a week long programme of music and events for all the family.
Also a few miles along the coast from Branscombe is the ancient town of Lyme Regis and if you have the time, it’s well worth a day-trip. Perhaps best known for its fossils and its harbour wall, the Cobb, which was made famous in the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Lyme Regis offers a number of attractions and events that make it a perennially popular tourist destination, including the Hix Oyster & Fish House where you can enjoy fresh British seafood and panoramic views across the Jurassic coast.
There is no shortage of great holiday rentals available in Branscombe and the surrounding area. Choose from family-run guest houses and small hotels, to caravan parks with breathtaking views. Or for an unforgettable holiday experience, rent a beach chalet at Branscombe Mouth and enjoy the magnificent sea views from your own balcony. Depending on the season, a self-catering holiday in Devon can be one of the most cost effective ways of enjoying all the area has to offer.