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JUL 25, 2013

4 of the best attractions in and around Branscombe

It’s fair to say that Branscombe is a quiet place – but you won’t be short of things to do!

Let’s take a look at some of the most fascinating attractions and activities this beautiful little corner of the world has to offer. 

Pecorama

The gardens of Pecorama

Less than 2 miles east of Branscombe, situated on the hillside just above the charming fishing village of Beer, Pecorama is home to the Model Railway Exhibition, famed for its award-winning miniature passenger trains.

Take a ride and enjoy the views fantastic views of Lyme bay as you wind your way through the magnificent, flower-filled gardens on a mile-long railway.

The Branscombe coastal walk

The Branscombe coast

Take a trail between Branscombe and beer. Enjoy the views across the beautiful countryside as you walk along the East Devon coast.

Look over Beer Beach, and follow the path as it winds its way uphill through the fields towards Beer Head.

See the Hooken Cliffs, formed by a massive landslip in 1790 – and don’t forget to take your camera! You’ll want it as Branscombe Mouth opens up to you on your steep descent.

The Beer Quarry Caves

The Beer Quarry Caves

While some true ale fans might feel misled, they certainly won’t be disappointed.

An underground quarry, the Beer Quarry has a history which dates back to 50AD, where it was mined by the Romans for its limestone to build fortifications and temples. Full-scale work in the caves didn’t stop until 1920, and it’s actually the oldest continuously worked industrial site in Britain.

The caves are also home to eight different species of bats, and rare species hibernate there over the winter.

Take a guided tour. Walk through the impressively large halls and see the vaulted roofs and pillars which were carved over the centuries by the hands of local miners.

The Donkey Sanctuary

Donkeys at The Donkey Sanctuary

Or how about visiting the world’s largest donkey sanctuary?

A registered charity, The Donkey Sanctuary now looks after around 500 donkeys. It’s only a few miles outside of Branscombe, near Sidmouth – and there’s free parking too!

Spend some time getting to know the sanctuary’s four-legged inhabitants and take a stroll on the field walking events – you can even adopt your very own donkey and help raise funds for donkey-assisted therapy for children with additional needs.

Created on 25th July 2013
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