The beach at Branscombe
The beach at Branscombe. Photo: East Devon AONB

The picturesque village of Branscombe is said to be the longest in the country, sweeping down a spectacular steep-sided valley, past colourful thatched cottages with hanging baskets and climbing roses, down to the sea and a long shingle beach.

The village itself is small – its permanent residents number barely 500, but its tranquil, unspoilt nature means many of its summer visitors come back year after year. St Winifred’s Church is one of the oldest in Devon, with a history dating back more than a thousand years. It also enjoys some of the most wonderful views in the county.

Branscombe’s great charm lies in its beauty, tranquillity, and almost complete lack of development. Here it is still possible to slip easily into the past. It’s also a wonderful base for walkers, with the route east towards Beer – either up over the cliffs or through the Hooken landslide, a particular highlight.

Branscombe cliffs
Branscombe cliffs. Photo: East Devon AONB

Getting there

  • There are some local bus services to Branscombe from Sidmouth and Seaton.
  • By road, Branscombe is signposted from the A3052 via Locksey’s Lane.

Need to know

In January 2007 the MSC Napoli container ship ran aground near Branscombe after getting into difficulty in the English Channel. Many of the containers onboard were washed onto the beach, and the ship was eventually broken up more than two years later. The anchor was donated to the people of Branscombe and can be seen today at Branscombe Mouth.