Branscombe, Devon

Ah, Branscombe! It’s the stuff of wonderful old-fashioned holidays in Devon, although, word to that effect seems to have got out and this peaceful village on the Jurassic Coast can get rather busy at times. It's such a pretty little place, where stone cottages hung with flower baskets stand on the hillisdes and line the street that slopes gently down to the sea; a footpath leads through the fields to the shingle beach where you can watch the waves from the Sea Shanty Beach Café and explore the rockpools at low tide. Stretch your legs with a walk up over the cliffs on the South West Coast Path, go as far as Beer and come back via Hooken Undercliff, or see if you can find Littlecombe Shoot and head down over the zig-zag cliff path to the secret cove.

Up in the village you can have a pokey round the thatched forge, where you might see the resident blacksmith at work; see the collections of tins and things in what used to be the village bakery, stop by for a cream tea in the garden. If you're seriously hungry or just fancy a good pub lunch, there's a good choice in Branscombe - The Mason's Arms at the bottom of ther hill, or further up, the The Fountain Head; both are very good.

All information correct at the time of writing

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