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Branscombe, dating back from the 11 century, is a picturesque village consisting a mix of cob and thatched cottages, some 1.5 mile from the main A3052 (Donkey Sanctuary) to the pebble beach at Branscombe Mouth.

Spectacular cliffs, raising up to 500 feet above sea level either side of the Mouth, have recently been designated 'World Heritage Status' - a joy for walkers along the S.W. Coast Path. In the past, cliff farmers worked these cliff 'plats', harvesting early potatoes, vegetables and flowers, using donkeys to make deliveries to Seaton, Sidmouth and beyond, there still being a working forge in the centre of the village.

The ancient Church of St. Winifred's has a Norman tower and nave and a three-tiered pulpit. Branscombe hosts two public houses (one offering accommodation), beach tea rooms, holiday chalets on the beach, National Trust owned tea room (once the Old Bakery) and a well used Village Hall. Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available as well as a number of caravan parks/camp sites in the vicinity.