Branscombe is located at the meeting point of two valleys or combes,and this is how it derives its name. Branscombe’s thatched cottages meander down a magnificent valley nearly all the way to the sea and the village is believed to be the longest village in England. It is this location that makes Branscombe one of the most beautiful and scenic locations on the South coast.
Hanging baskets and climbing roses adorn the picturesque rows of thatched cottages, and from the church (Saint Winifred), which has one of the most incredible views in the county, one may hear the gentle cooing of the local dovery.
Branscombe Airfield represents an excellent choice for a base camp from which to explore all the many delights and treasures of the area.
There is a stunning Coastal Path to Beer which would take about half a day or you could head west towards Sidmouth. Towards the east chalk cliffs rise to over 400ft and in the west to over 500ft.
If its food & drink you’re after please visit the Fountain Head Inn. A 14th Century pub serving traditional, award winning real ales from the Branscombe Vale Brewery and good old fashioned cooking!. An open log fire, slate flags on the floor and home cooked food at prices that won’t break the bank. This is a place to enjoy some good conversation, to sup some ale, to relax. There are no juke boxes, pool tables or wide screen televisions. Just a very warm welcome and everything that pubs used to be. They are open 11am to 3pm and 6 pm to 11pm except for Sunday when it’s 12-3 and 6-10.30 . They serve food 12 to 2 and 6.30 to 9 every day. There is a public foot path from Northern Lane down to the Pub , it has a sty so it maybe a problem for pets. After enjoying a nice leisurely walk to the Fountain try the ploughman’s lunch its very nice also great portions for your money.
Branscombe Mouth has a beach with good parking facilities, a licensed restaurant complete with thatched roof and a wealth of rock pools just waiting to be searched for crabs and other sea creatures. Those wishing to catch their supper can embark from here on several boats to fish for Mackerel and Pollack.