Surrounded by stunning countryside and a phenomenal section of UNESCO World Heritage coastline, the idyllic village of Branscombe, is the perfect location to explore the great outdoors.
Unwind in one of the most relaxing and picturesque villages on East Devon’s Jurassic coastline. With a mile-long high street winding its way along a spectacular valley, Branscombe is believed to be the longest village in the country. Potter past colourful cottages with pretty hanging baskets all the way to a secluded shingle beach.
Branscombe also boasts a number of lovingly-restored historic, working buildings, including the thatched Smithy which is now a museum, and the old bakery, which greets visitors with open fires, vintage baking tins and storage jars galore. Further up the hill, St Winifred’s Church is over a thousand years old and comes complete with one of the finest views in the county.
Branscome sits in the heart of England's first natural World Heritage Site. The Jurassic Coast runs along 95 miles of coastline from East Devon to Dorset and reveals a ‘walk through time’ spanning 185 million years of the Earth's history. Walk in the footsteps of the dinosaurs (literally) and go fossil hunting to uncover your very own slice of history.
The South West Coast Path runs along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast, giving walkers a bird’s eye view of history. You’ll find dramatic, sheer cliff faces, strange rock formations and some of the finest coastal views in the country, all backed by wildflowers and rolling countryside.
Just a short drive, or stroll along the Coast Path, you’ll find this delightful fishing village. Sheltering behind the white chalk cliffs from the prevailing winds, this natural cove is also a glorious sun trap. Once famous for smuggling, Beer’s history centres around the fascinating Quarry Caves, which are now open to the public.
There are numerous exciting attractions within easy reach of Branscombe, including the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, the Seaton Tramway, Branscombe Airfield, Holyford Woods Nature Reserve and even a chance to meet some new furry friends at Peak Hill llamas.
With a captivating, old-world charm, it’s no wonder Sidmouth draws visitors back time after time. Majestic red cliffs surround a stunning regency seafront, all overlooking wide, clean beaches. Take a trip to Fields, one of the few remaining independent department stores, where you’ll find ‘service as it used to be’.
And if you can time your trip to coincide with the first week of August, don’t miss the fantastic Sidmouth Folk Festival, which has been running every year since 1955. There are over 700 events during the festival that completely transform the town into a carnival-style atmosphere.
If all that walking and sea air has tired you out, why not treat yourself to a relaxing day at luxury day spa Aspara in Sidmouth. Unwind with a range of luxurious treatments and an exclusive Hydra-spa that’s guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised.