Branscombe is one of the most relaxing and picturesque villages on the South-East Devon's Jurassic Coastline. Believed to be the longest village in the country, it sweeps down along a spectacular valley, past colourful cottages down to the sea.
There are pretty rows of thatched cottages with hanging baskets and climbing roses, a picturesque dovecote and a church with one of the most inspiring views in the county, if not further afield.
Branscombe has a number of historic, but still working buildings, the Old Bakery and Forge (NT) being just two. Inside the old bakery you are surrounded by the open fires, baking tins and storage jars of centuries before. The compact working forge is the only thatched one of its kind in England.
Things to do
The surrounding countryside is a walkers delight. You can follow a spectacular coastal path from Sidmouth to the west and Beer to the east, a walk that takes about half a day. The land around the beach is owned by the National Trust and although you have to pay car parking charges, the long expanse of pebbles and painted coastal huts, are worth it.