Branscombe to Beer Walk
This is a popular coastal walk between the Devon villages of Branscombe and Beer. It takes you along the South West Coast Path with fantastic cliff tops views. Highlights on the walk include a visit to the National Trust's Manor Mill, the only remaining working mill in Branscombe. You'll also pass the stunning Hooken Cliffs, a Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site. A slump in the Chalk cliffs in 1790 separated a 10-acre tract of land, now a wooded and sheltered habitat with chalk pinnacles on the seaward side. It's reached via a steep footpath leading from the clifftop to Branscombe Beach. The thick vegetation in the area is also a haven for wildlife.
The walk starts at the car park in Branscombe, where there is a splendid old thatched forge where you can watch blacksmiths at work. There's also and old bakery which now serves as a tea room. After leaving the village you pass Manor Mill and head towards Branscombe Mouth on the coast. Here you pick up the coast path to take you past Hooken Beach and Hooken Cliffs, before arriving at Beer Head. Here you turn north past Pound's Pool, Arrat's Hil and Big Ledge. The route finishes in the pretty seaside village of Beer, where there are lovely views over Seaton Bay and Lyme Bay with a nice shingle beach and lots of fishing boats.
Apart from a steep section at the start, the walk is fairly flat and takes place on good paths. It's about a 3 mile walk, so 6 miles there and back.
To extend your walking in the area you can continue along the coast path to Seaton where you can pick up the Lyme Regis to Seaton Undercliff Walk. This will take you along the coast from Devon into Dorset.
If you enjoy wildlife you can head to the nearby Seaton Marshes where there is a splendid tramway walk with lots of wildlife to look out for.
Heading west takes you along the coast to Sidmouth on the Sidmouth to Beer Walk. It's a splendid undulating section of the path with Exmoor Ponies and more interesting geological features.
Branscombe to Beer Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Branscombe to Beer Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Branscombe to Beer OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Branscombe to Beer Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Anchor Inn in Beer is a nice place for some post walk refreshments. The main draw here is a lovely garden area with views of the coast. It's a good place to relax with a drink on a summer day. The inn is also dog friendly with water bowls placed outside. You can find the pub on Fore Street with a postcode of EX12 3ET for your sat navs.
In Branscombe there's the Fountain Head. It dates all the way back to the 14th century and has a charming interior with real log fires. There's also outdoor seating with nice views of the surrounding countryside. They have a good selection local beers and a good menu if you are peckish. You can find the pub at postcode EX12 3BG for your sat navs.
It's a nice walk to do with your dog and the Fountain Head pub mentioned above is also dog friendly. They also sell dog biscuits if your pet is feeling hungry.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Continue along the coast on the Seaton to Beer Walk and you can pick up the excellent Seaton Tramway. This popular attraction operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton. There's fine views of the Axe Valley and the Axe Estuary on this scenic attraction. At the other end of the tramway you can try the circular Colyton Walk which takes you through the River Coly Valley on section of the East Devon Way long distance trail.
You can also reach Branscombe from the nearby town of Sidmouth on the Sidmouth to Branscombe Walk.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Devon Walks page.