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Summary

Self guided walking on the Branscombe Jurassic Coast in Devon

No of Nights: 2

Stay:  Inn / Hotel

Grade: Easy-Moderate

Information

Splendid walking along an outstanding coastal path, part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast running either side of the lovely village of Branscombe. Footpaths lead out in all directions from the thatched Masons Arms, into glorious countryside. We select only the best, the most scenic routes. This break is particularly suitable for a car-free holiday since each walk starts from the hotel.

Enjoy

  • varied, relaxed, expertly-crafted walks in one of England’s most glorious areas with stunning coastal scenery throughout
  • walking straight from your hotel each day
  • the special landscapes of the Jurassic Coast - a World Heritage Site
  • a delightful thatched inn in arguably Devon's most beautiful village with its cluster of National Trust properties
  • the chance to see dolphins, peregrine falcons and rare butterflies as well as meadows full of wild flowers in early summer
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Itinerary

Day One

Having settled into your comfortable old inn, we suggest reading through your walks pack before enjoying a memorable meal at the Masons Arms.

Day Two

An outstanding walk between two idyllic villages, featuring a picturesque old church, enchanting woodlands, impressive cliffs and spectacular coastal views. Walking from Branscombe village with its picturesque cluster of thatched National Trust properties, you’ll reach the sea at Branscombe Mouth, once the haunt of smugglers. An undulating path skirts spectacular undercliffs renowned for their wildlife. Then up to Beer Head with fantastic views across open seas towards Portland Bill in one direction and Torbay in the other. With luck you may see peregrine falcons up amongst the rock stacks. Lunch in the utterly delightful village of Beer with its pebble beach, boats and stone fishermen's cottages stacked up the hill. More spectacular coastal scenes accompany you back to the comforts of your idyllic retreat.
(7 miles/11 km, moderate walking with some 'ups and downs')

Day Three
More spectacular walking, today in the opposite direction towards Sidmouth. The section of coastal path between Weston Mouth and Branscombe is arguably the best in all East Devon. You may see dolphins below your path, dancing in the surf, as you walk along the coast with fantastic views towards Torbay ahead. In early summer you are likely to see clouds of rare butterflies in wonderful wild flower meadows. Lunch at Weston's famous Donkey Sanctuary. Here each resident enjoys a life of loving care and attention in this special place which also promotes the welfare of donkeys worldwide. Back in Branscombe, curve down between two steep hills, delightful cottages adorned with hanging baskets lining the route. What better way to conclude your self guided walking break in Devon than with a Devonshire cream tea at the wonderful Old Bakery!  (7 miles/11 km, moderately easy with few gradients)

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Hotels

Stay at the thatched 14th Century Mason's Arms which nestles in the heart of idyllic Devon countryside in the beautiful downland village of Branscombe. The inn is steeped in history and folded into a combe that reaches back into the mists of time. Alastair Sawday in his 'Special Places to Stay' says: “The inn was at one time a cider house. It has a stone terrace at the front from which to gaze upon lush hills. Inside, interiors are simple and authentic: timber frames, low beamed ceilings, pine cladding, whitewashed walls. The best rooms overlook a garden, each with private terrace for valley views that tumble down to the sea.” The prize-winning cuisine will undoubtedly delight even the most discerning palate.

Alternatively, stay at Great Seaside B&B, idyllically located just outside the village at Branscombe Mouth, just 200 metres from the sea and from the village pub. The reviews on Trip Advisor are first rate.

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Grade of the walks

Routes are selected for their accessibility and suitability for anyone of average fitness, able to walk up to 7 miles (11 km) on varied terrain for up to 4 hours with a break for lunch and optional breaks for reading commentaries along the way. Some ascents and descents can be expected on both days.

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Tour price and costs

Price per person:

from £241 for 2 nights, depending on choice of accommodation, room type and season, based on 2 people sharing a twin/double. Please enquire for single occupancy rates or for more nights.

Price includes:

      • Personalised itinerary
      • High-quality en-suite accommodation
      • Full English breakfasts
      • Recommendations for lunch and dinner and, where applicable, coffee or tea breaks
      • Detailed route directions in easy-to-handle A5 format
      • Marked-up Ordnance Survey map and map case
      • Commentary notes on features of interest along the way
      • Details of places to visit
      • Nature guide to help identify common species
      • Travel information
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Flights

By road: Branscombe is located between Sidmouth and Seaton on the A3052. Take any of the roads signposted to Branscombe from the A3052 between Sidmouth and Colyford. The Masons Arms can be found after travelling two miles through the village towards the sea.

By rail: Branscombe is 7 miles from Honiton. Trains depart for Honiton three times an hour, either direct from London Waterloo, or from Paddington, changing at Exeter St David's . The journey time is 3 hours.

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