Branscombe is a stunning little fishing village, tucked away between Sidmouth and Beer. Only reachable via little lanes from the main Sidmouth road, it is more than worth a bit of gear grinding and reversing to get there!
Parking is available in 2 main places – one small car park is next to the village hall (charges apply, free for NT members) and close to the National Trust buildings including a working forge, restored water mill and the pretty tea room and gardens at The Old Bakery.
The other, larger car park is found by following signs to the beach. This is pay and display (£1/hour), and there is plenty of room. The Sea Shanty Cafe (and toilets) are found here too. The cafe serves cream teas, cakes, breakfasts and more substantial meals and there is a children’s play corner as well as a cosy interior with great views of the sea.
Between the sea front and the village there is a network of surfaced, mostly flat paths alongside shallow waterways wending their way out to sea.
These paths are all traffic free and suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. There are areas of greenery where you can sit for a snack or just enjoy the amazing views. Dog bins are dotted along the route.
There are a few entry points into the little streams which might entice little paddlers along the way!
There are opportunities to take side routes – for example you can divert to one of Branscombe’pubs – The Masons Arms (and reaching this pub on foot is arguable easier than by car!).
For those not limited to easier routes, it is possible to join the South West Coast path in each direction at Branscombe and do some serious hiking over West Cliff or along to Beer.