Branscombe

Branscombe

  • Thatched cottages and Inn
  • National Trust properties
  • Pebble Beach

Branscombe is a picturesque village that sweeps down a beautiful valley to the sea at Branscombe Mouth.

From the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, Branscombe was a source of hand-made lace, and Branscombe Point is a style that is still practised by lacemakers world-wide. Fishing was also a traditional industry, as well as being a main source of food. The manufacture of flints for early guns and the cooking of limestone to make fertiliser were short-lived but important local enterprises, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Today farming and tourism are Branscombe’s principal industries. The National Trust has lovingly restored and preserved a number of old working buildings. Among these are the old bakery, now a National Trust tea room, which is full of open fires, baking tins and storage jars of centuries before and the thatched smithy, now maintained as a working museum. St Winifred´s church is one of the oldest in Devon, over a thousand years old, and has one of the most inspiring views in the county.

From the village you can drive to the beach, which has ample car parking, a thatched licensed restaurant and a super beach where children can enjoy exploring the rock pools. If you have more energy you can walk along the coastal paths, offering spectacular views.

For places to stay in Devon, as a base from which to visit Branscombe and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Devon , Coastal Hotels in Devon , Spa Hotels in Devon , Bed & Breakfasts in Devon or Self-Catering Cottages in Devon

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