Branscombe is a popular tourist village near the coast in south-east Devon between Seaton and Sidmouth (and three miles west of Beer). As such it forms part of the world heritage site known as the Jurassic Coast and also falls within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Branscombe is one of the prettiest villages in the region, with the streets of small thatched and traditional cottages that form the village running down the hill towards the shingle beach below - the beach itself is in a lovely setting with either side backed by steep limestone cliffs.
Within Branscombe there is a group of three National Trust properties, all now restored and each with its own particular charm: a traditional bakery complete with centuries-old equipment and paraphernalia (also now with tea shop); the Manor Mill with a functioning water mill; and an unusual old thatched forge. Bring your camera because they are all picture-postcard pretty!
You will also be pleased to know there are a couple of real-ale pubs in Branscombe, the Fountain Head and the Mason's Arms, which serve great beer.
Of course, the position of Branscombe on the Devon part of the Jurassic Coast and the south-west coast path that runs past here, provide great opportunities for hiking and enjoying the scenery - the walk eastwards along the coast to Beer is very popular.
Map of Branscombe and places to visit
Branscombe places to visit
See more places nearby in the Devon guide