12 Walks of Christmas - Day 2 - Beer to Branscombe
Partner Ross Willmington suggests a few steep cliff climbs in East Devon to blow the cobwebs away on Boxing Day
This bracing 4-mile walk from the attractive coastal village of Branscombe to Beer requires a reasonable level of fitness (for you and your canine companion) as the footpaths are steep. However, your efforts will be rewarded by fabulous coastal views and plenty of spots for refreshment along the way.
At Branscombe park at The Village Hall. Turn right and walk up the hill to St Winifred’s Church, one of the oldest churches in England (the church is open daily and it is well worth taking a look).
Taking the path south from the church you will climb up the valley through the woods until you reach the Southwest coast path. Turning left you will emerge from the trees to breath taking views over Branscombe village and Branscombe Mouth.
Branscombe infamously claimed news headlines when the MSC Napoli cargo ship was run aground – the anchor is now on display outside The Sea Shanty (a beachside café serving refreshments). Following the coast path signs for Beer, up East Cliff, you will be challenged by the path of steep steps that lead to the top of Hooken Cliff. It is a hard climb but highly rewarding with striking views of Sidmouth and the coast to take in while having a breather. Keeping on the coast path over the common towards Beer Head it is a short walk down the hill to Beer village where you can relax at any of the fantastic local Pubs with a pint and a plate of truly fresh Fish & Chips.
To return to Branscombe you have a few options: retrace your steps along the coast path; head inland to complete a circular loop (you could visit Beer Quarry Caves en-route); catch a bus or phone Karen’s Cabs (Branscombe’s very own taxi firm) on 01297 680400.
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