Branscombe is one the most picturesque villages with thatched cottages. As with many of Devon’s town names, the combe is similar to the celtic word cwm which means wooded valley, whereas the Bran is a personal or tibal celtic name that also means black. The village is nestled along the length of the combe until it reaches a shingle beach at Branscombe mouth where there are also some rock pools that are always interesting. The cliffs are red and this is part of the Jurassic coast where many fossils have been found.
St Winifred’s church dates back to Norman times. It is unusual in that it has a room in its distinctive tower where the priest lived. The church also has a lovely oak carved gallery.
There are a number of interesting sites to see. There is an old bakery with open fires and ovens that was used until 1987 and which is now preserved by the National Trust. The National trust also maintain Manor Mill and a thatched Blacksmiths Forge, Even the local brewery is old and has one awards for its ales
Branscombe is one of those special villages that will appeal to everyone.