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The Old Forge & Manor Mill
(Less than a mile)

Easily accessible from Branscombe village this collection of buildings curated by the National Trust give an interesting  insight into the old village way of life.  Watch blacksmiths at work at The Forge  dating back to 1580, or experience what life was like as a miller at the restored watermill at Manor Mill.  Then round it off with a delicious cream tea at the Old Bakery tearooms.

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Beer Quarry Caves
(2 miles)

Like an underground cathedral, the Beer Stone Caves are awe-inspiring caves with mighty halls of vaulted roofs and pillars.  The likely source of the stone for many of the cathedrals, buildings and monuments you have visited throughout the UK, the vast man-made complex of underground caverns was created by centuries of quarrying, and now you can take a guided tour to find out more about their history.  The entrance leads directly into the Roman section, which now houses a small museum containing pieces of Beer stone carved centuries ago by skilled masons, the tools used by the Quarrymen and copies of ancient documents and photographs.  From there, it’s a journey through the centuries, not to mention the setting for seasonal events as well.  

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Very interesting and worth a visit.

October 2017


Really enjoyable and informative. Caves are cold but there were warm ponchos provided. Not too difficult to get round and no real steep areas so ok for people who are not mega fit.

June 2018


Pecorama Gardens
(2 miles)

Set in 8 acres of beautiful gardens with stunning coastal views, Pecorama is home to the award winning ‘Beer Heights Light Railway’, a 71/4 inch gauge miniature railway with steam locomotives that carry passengers through the grounds along with the Peco Model Railway Exhibition and shop offering everything for the casual train enthusiast right up to the most dedicated railway modeller.  Younger visitors will also enjoy the outdoor play areas, zip wire, crazy golf and the ‘indoor soft play .

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Perfect for adults and children. Train rides, and soft play as well as crazy golf and lovely gardens. Well worth a visit.

October 2017


Really nice day out, lots to see and do, good exhibition of miniature railways and a bigger one to ride on. Pretty gardens and good play areas for the little ones

May 2018


Our 3rd time here & it was still very good! We spent time in the model railway exhibition, had 2 train rides, ate a good lunch in the café & laughed all the way round the crazy golf! Lovely place for kids - well laid out, clean & tidy. Would definitely recommend it for a day out with kids.

August 2018


The Donkey Sanctuary
(3 miles)

The Donkey Sanctuary was founded in 1969 and has since grown to the international charity it is today. The sanctuary near Sidmouth is open 365 days a year where you can meet hundreds of rescue donkeys, explore the scenic trails and have breakfast, lunch or a cream tea in the restaurant. Admission and parking is free but donations are welcome..

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Nice place to spend a few hours and very rare in this day an age is free (donations). Childrens play area could be a bit better.

May 2018


Quite amazing. A wonderful experience and all the more impressive for having no entry charge.

June 2018


Superb day out with 5 year old grandson! Very clean & well organised. Lots to do, including a good quiz trail (& a chocolate lollipop for a prize!). Well laid out with good eating & toilet facilities. We really enjoyed the ice creams!

August 2018


The best day out we had in Devon! Absolutely loved this place and even better it's free! Fantastic cafe and so much for the children to do. It was so good in fact we visited it twice in the week we were down.

August 2018


Great to find such a lovely place that is actually free (although donations are appreciated). They do wonderful work around the world so a good cause to support. Lovely walks, a nice cafe and friendly donkeys.

June 2019


Seaton Labyrinth
(3 miles)

To celebrate Seaton’s 1000th anniversary in 2O05, the Axmouth Spiral Centre constructed a Labyrinth in the cliff field above the West Walk.  A 60ft diameter spiral, the walk, which measures 453 yards from start to centre, connects with the way in which the 95-mile coastline reveals 185 million years of evolution.  It has an eleven-circuit form based on a combination of designs, the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France and the one at Saffron Waldron in Suffolk, and as you wander along the artistic installation, you can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding scenery as well.

http://seatonbay.com/seaton-labyrinth/

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The Old Bakery - Branscombe
(Less than a mile)

One of a collection of buildings owned by the National Trust, the tearoom at The Old Bakery is a relaxing place to sit and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch, quick snack or a decadent Devon cream tea.  Sit outside in the garden alongside the mill stream and orchard or if the skies are overcast head inside and find a seat in the cosy interior.  Takeaway options and ice creams available.  Closed during winter, check website for dates.

The Old Bakery Branscombe, Seaton EX12 3DB (T:01752 346585)

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The Masons Arms
(Less than a mile)

A luxurious, dog friendly thatched country inn in the heart of Branscombe renowned for its good food, character and charm.  Choose from pub classics in the bar, something special in the fine dining restaurant, or simply pop in for a drink and enjoy  the stunning countryside views.   

Masons Arms, Myrtle Cottages, Branscombe EX12 3DJ (T: 01297 680300)

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Very friendly and helpful staff. They managed to accommodate our party of 7 at short notice on a Sunday evening. Excellent range of good food on the menu including vegan options.

January 2019


Excellent hostelry with friendly service, good beer and tasty food. definately recommended

May 2019


The Fountain Head
(Less than a mile)

A much loved, traditional and dog friendly village pub dating back to the 14th century, serving real ales from Branscombe Vale Brewery and simple yet delicious home cooked food.  Children welcome in the dining room and lots of outdoor seating for sunny days along with roaring open fires in winter. 

The Fountain Head, Branscombe, Seaton EX12 3BG (T: 01297 680359)

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Sea Shanty Cafe
(Less than a mile)

Right on the beach, this welcoming café in a great spot offers an informal, relaxed eating atmosphere and a varied home cooked menu.  After a coastal walk or a day on the beach you can enjoy tea and homemade cakes, or something more substantial from the menu which has an emphasis on delicious local seafood. 

Sea Shanty Café the Beach, Branscombe EX12 3DP (T: 01297 680577)

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Lovely to sit outside on a sunny day. Food was very good and there are some great walks nearby. Plenty of parking.

June 2019


Osbornes Coffee & Wine Bar
(2 miles)

A cosy coffee shop and wine bar in the centre of the pretty Devon fishing village of Beer.  Offering teas, cakes, coffees and snacks;  and at the wine bar top quality wines, Devon cider and local ales.

Osbornes Coffee & Wine Bar 5 Fore St, Beer, Seaton EX12 (T: 01297 24989)

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Branscombe Beach
(Less than a mile)

Nestled into a valley that reaches down to the sea, Branscombe Beach is tucked away on the Jurassic Coast, and is linked to a timeless, magical village of the same name.  Surrounded by woodland and farmland, the area is peppered with thatched houses, a working forge and a restored windmill.  It’s a National Trust location, with a number of charming walks and trails to follow, one of which leads to the Old Bakery tearooms.  The beach itself is a long pebble beach below the village.  It has a large car park close by where there are toilets available, as well as a picnic area. The beach is a haven for fossil hunters and adventurous rock-poolers.  If you want to catch your supper it’s a wonderful place to fish for Mackerel and Pollack, although there is also a restaurant close by. 

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A pretty place down narrow lanes - the village is a must for keen photographers too - loved it!

September 2017


Superb beach and surroundings. Tricky drive to get there but well worth it.

June 2018


Beer Beach
(3 miles)

A small pebble beach in East Devon, Beer Beach is in a picturesque fishing village that hugs the shoreline.  Parking is a little distance away from the beach itself, which is accessed via a sloping road and steps at the east end.  There’s one large car park that’s around five minutes away on foot, and another smaller one in the centre of the town.  As the beach is such an integral part of the town itself, there are cafes and shops close by, simply by dint of its location.  There are toilets above the beach, so it’s got all the makings of a charming day out for the family in the summer, or somewhere to stroll and have a cup of tea if it’s a bit cooler.  There aren’t any organized activities on the beach, so if you’re bringing the kids then keep that in mind.  Dogs are not allowed on the West part of the beach from 1st May to 30th September.

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Visited one evening. A beautiful beach. You can walk to Seaton on the coast path, if you feel energetic and don't mind a lot of steps. Well worth it due to the stunning views.

May 2017


Beer is a very pretty village!, and the beach is an absolute joy

September 2017


Lovely beach at any time but especially lively on festival day. We appreciated the walkways over the pebbles.

June 2018


Absolutely lovely so clean and tidy. Food and drink catered for very well three beach cafes. Fishing trips, hire of boats self drive if you wish, what more could you wish for.

July 2018


Idyllic

July 2018


A lovely place to spend the day. Good cafes right on the beach, plenty of other places to eat in town and great views.

June 2019


Seaton Beach
(4 miles)

Seaton Beach is a mile long shingle beach overlooking Lyme Bay in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of East Devon.  The gently sloping pebbles make this an ideal place to take a dip or try your hand at windsurfing, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding with equipment easily hired on site. 

An esplanade links Seaton town at one end of the beach and the popular Seaton Beach Café at the other. The South West Coast Path runs alongside the beach and a walk to the nearby picturesque village of Beer is a real treat. Dogs are welcome all year.

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Nice place for a seaside stroll, we were a bit disappointed that bikes aren't allowed on the paths and that there are dog restrictions. Pebbly beach so no good for sand castles but we had a nice few hours and lunch and ice cream from one of the nearby cafes.

October 2017


Lovely and clean,

July 2018


Very nice

July 2018


Sidmouth Beach
(5 miles)

By the seaside town of the same name, Sidmouth Beach is a long stretch of pebbles that stretches from the River Sid at the east of the town, West to Chit Rocks and Jacobs Ladder Beach and beyond.  From the town you go over a footbridge and a number of steps down to the beach, however there are also access points along the sea front esplanade.  There are a number of car parks close by, most of which are a few minutes’ walk from the beach itself, and it benefits from nearby facilities, cafes, restaurants and shops.  Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 1st May to the 30th September, however there is a small area at the East end of the beach where dogs are allowed all year round.  It’s a delightful spot for swimming sailing and surfing if the weather permits it, but you do have to take your own equipment.

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Visited twice and both times had a pleasant walk along the prom in the sun. Sea very calm. Lovely cup of coffee served from little coffee "bar" on prom served by a charming and coffee knowledgeable American lady. Pleasant and busy shopping area behind the prom. Not much parking and just a little expensive.

June 2018


lovely beach

July 2018


Very pleasant

July 2018


Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis
(9 miles)

Named after the Duke of Monmouth who landed here in 1685 in an attempt to take the crown from King James II, Monmouth Beach is a large pebble and sand beach that stretches over a kilometer southwest from the Cobb wall.  There are beach huts, a bowling green, the Lyme Regis Power Boat Club and paid car parks close by.  Meanwhile, for those wishing to have their own exploratory adventures, you can find a layer of limestone called the ammonite graveyard at Monmouth Beach, containing a large number of (you guessed it) ammonites.  There are numerous walks close by and dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.  There is lifeguard cover in the summer, and all the town’s cafés, restaurants and amenities are within easy reach.

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Great for fossil hunting and dog friendly!

September 2017

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