Branscombe Village

BRANSCOMBE is believed to be the longest village in the country, with its name coming from its position at the foot of two branching valleys or combes. The village sweeps down along a spectacular valley, past pretty thatched cottages down to the sea.

A thatched smithy dates from Norman times, and Great Seaside Farm, home to Branscombe Vale Brewery, dates back to the 14th century and is situated on the road leading from the Village Square to the beach.

The 12th century Church of St Winifred is worth a visit, with its large central Norman tower and nave, fragments of a medieval wall painting, and a rare example of a three-decked, 18th century pulpit.
Branscombe has a number of historic but still working buildings, including the old bakery where, once inside, you are surrounded by open fires, baking tins and the storage jars of days gone by. There is also a compact, working forge, the only thatched one of its type in England.

The beach at Branscombe Mouth has plenty of parking, a thatched, licensed restaurant and an abundance of rock pools just waiting to be explored. Those keen on fishing can take a trip out on a boat to catch mackerel.

Walkers can enjoy the countryside surrounding Branscombe or the coastal path from Sidmouth to the west and Beer to the East.