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Heritage and views on Devon coastal walk
Sign on the coast path
Branscombe that way...
A bracing walk along the East Devon coast between Branscombe and Beer provides stunning views and areas of geological interest.

But be warned...a head for heights will come in handy!
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The South West Coast Path is Britain's longest national trail.

It stretches from Minehead on the north Somerset coast to South Haven Point near Poole in Dorset on the south coast.

It's 630 miles long.

The East Devon and Dorset section is now a World Heritage Site because of its geology.

2003 marks the 25th anniversary of the completion of the SWCP.


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This year is the 25th anniversary of the completion of the South West Coast what better to mark the milestone, than to take a walk along one of its most dramatic stretches.

The South West Coast Path in East Devon takes you along a stretch of the World Heritage coastline.

Its nickname is the Jurassic Coast, as the remnants of its preshistoric era can still be found today.

As you walk eastwards from the village of Branscombe, the limestone cliffs turn into sandstone...and there is evidence in many places of the landslides which have affected this area.

Branscombe nestles in the valley
If you set off from Branscombe, you can park in a little car park where you pay by putting 20p into a wishing well. You then turn left, walking past a National Trust building on your right, and down to Branscombe Beach.

From here, you head eastwards, up a hill to join the coast path. If you look back from here, you'll get a lovely view of the village nestling in the valley below; the beach; and the East Devon cliffs southwards.

Joining the coast path, you head down, towards the beach, before climbing upwards again.

Branscombe Beach and boats
Branscombe Beach
The first thing which must be said about this walk is that you need to be reasonably fit. There are several inclines, and the path can be tricky - especially after wet weather.

You'll need a head for heights in parts, too (as I found out!) - but stick with it and you'll be well rewarded.

The Branscombe to Beer section of the coast path is two miles long, so is four miles there and back.

Alternatively, there is an option at the half-way mark to turn back, by walking back along the cliff-top. The return walk from here is all along fields, so is easier than the coast path.

The beach at Beer
The beach at Beer
If you choose to turn back here, the round-trip is two miles, and takes around two hours.

But if you want to make a day of it, then carry on the walk for another mile to Beer.

The coast path is slow going in parts, so give yourself plenty of time.

At the end of it all, you can pop into the Sea Shanty at Branscombe Beach for a well earned cup of tea.

The shop and small cafe area are open at weekends during the winter. During the summer, the shop and full restaurant is open every day.

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