From Brancombe Mouth you can walk into Branscombe Village, ½ mile to the lower village and the Masons Arms or a circular walk of 3.15 miles if you want to go to the Fountain Head.
- Distance: 3.15 miles.
- Time: 1 hour – 2 hours.
- Height Range: Sea level to 125 metres.
- Path: Grassy, well marked up West cliff and through woods and fields.
- West Cliff: Very steep.
Branscombe is well worth walking to from the South West Coastal Path.
For those who want to visit the Masons Arms in the lower village, it is an easy 10 minute walk along a level path.
The path to the Fountain Head is more challenging as it starts by walking up West Cliff. Once at the top it becomes a fairly level walk through woodlands, until it decends into the hamlet of Street in the upper part of the village.
From the Fountain Head you can walk back down the main street through the village to one of the paths that lead back to Branscombe Mouth.
The Sea Shanty. At the Sea Shanty visitors can buy snacks, drinks and if they wish a full meal. Sandwiches, Pasties, Home made cakes and pastries, and Devonshire Cream Teas are available all day.
The unspoilt National Trust Beach at Branscombe Mouth is a shingle or pebble beach, from which the water provides safe and pleasant swimming.
Walking to the Village. A sign posted path at the side of the Sea Shanty leads to Branscombe Village. The village is a short way inland and is spread out along a long winding road.
Path to the Fountain Head. The path to the Fountain Head Pub starts of on the South West Coastal Path and diverts off onto a path that leads to the Fountain Head and the upper part of the village.
the Fountain Head. A 500-year-old building nestling in a little valley, it has a log fire, a flagstone floor, a snug and welcoming interior, ample outside space and truly sublime Branoc ale from the very local Branscombe Vale brewery.
Branscombe Village. The walk from the Fountain Head to the masons Arms is down the long lane through the village passing by the National Trust owned Mill and Forge.
Branscombe Forge. Branscombe Forge is a working blacksmiths, selling a range of ironwork from a showroom next to the workshop. The Forge has been a blacksmiths for two hundred years, and is the last thatched forge in the country.
The Old Bakery was the last traditional bakery in Devon. Dough was kneaded by hand here until 1946. Then a kneading machine was used, up until the bakery finally closed in 1987. Today the old baking equipment has been preserved in a small museum area. The rest of the building, now owned by the National Trust, is run as a tearooms.
Manor Mill. A mill stream runs past the bakery. Follow the stream through a small fruit orchard and across a field, and you come to Manor Mill. This mill probably provided flour for the bakery. The mill has now been restored to full working order.
Branscombe Lower Village. Branscombe village is spread out along a long lane or street, it is easy to walk to the lower part of the village as the path is level and smooth paved with crushed stone.