BRANSCOMBE - Just over a mile from our Campsite
The pretty village of Branscombe is spread out along the valley, and includes such attractions as the Old Forge, The Old Bakery, Water Mill and the Church.
Attractive and comfortable pubs at either end of the village provide good ale and food, which can provide a welcome rest during one of the many lovely country walks from or to Branscombe, including the coastal footpath to Beer or Sidmouth via Salcombe Regis with breath taking views over the sea and countryside.
Branscombe beach is part of the
Jurassic Coast, England's first World
Rock pools at low tide and the chance of finding a fossil make this a great spot for a day of adventuring and discovery with children.
Car parking is available right next to the beach making this easily accessible for those with young children or those less inclined to walk!
A beach side café provides snacks and beach paraphernalia.
Dogs are ALLOWED on the beach all year round, but only on the right hand side during the summer months.
A very attractive fishing village with a stream running alongside the main street with little bridges...irrestible to any child! Buy locally caught fresh fish or try your hand on a fishing trip!
Excellent pubs, little shops selling beach goods and memorabilia, and a very good fish & chip shop.
Local attractions include Beer Quarry Caves and Pecorama.
2 miles East from Coombe View Farm
6 miles West from Coombe View Farm
A regency seaside town nestled between the beautiful rolling Devon countryside,boasting a wide variety of shops and restaurants. With beautiful public gardens and the long promenade, it is the perfect place to slow down a little.
Once a year the town hosts the world famous "Sidmouth Folk Festival" which lasts for a week and attracts musical acts from all over the globe.
This is a particularly busy time for the area and accommodation gets booked up very quickly.
Another claim to Sidmouth's fame, would be the Donkey Sanctuary.
With free admission it is a firm favourite with our visitors and is open all year round.
Well worth checking their website as they put on lots of events to delight young & old alike.
10 miles East of Combe View Farm
Ok...this is Dorset, not Devon, but as it's right on the border and only 20 minutes drive away, we have to include it!
Known as "The Pearl of Dorset", Lyme Regis was the home of Mary Anning whose fossil discoveries are still displayed in the Natural History Museum & changed how we viewed evolution. The perfect spot for fossil hunting and with a dinosaur museum,
fossil shops, and plenty of dino
themed shops, this is a great spot
for all natural history enthusiasts,
young & old!
Several films have been set in Lyme Regis including a few Jane Austen adaptations, and John Fowle's "The French Lieutenants Woman" which saw Meryl Streep making her dash along the famous Cobb in a storm.
Lyme Regis has a long sandy beach perfect for sand castle building and a more stony beach below East Cliff with plenty of rock pools waiting to be explored.
Plenty of pubs, gift shops & eateries, fresh fish available to buy on the cobb, fishing trips & boat hire.
The anuual Lifeboat Week at Lyme hosts a range of activities & entertainment, including fireworks, games & music.
4 miles East of Coombe View Farm
A seaside town, with white cliffs on one side and the famous red devon cliffs on the other. The mouth of the River Axe and the harbour are to the East of the town, with excellent bird watching opportunities over the marshes.
Home to the Seaton Tramway, 3 miles of unspoilt countryside along the Axe Alley, which will delight the whole family, and ends at Colyton a historical town inland.
During the summer holidays, the primary school opens it's small swimming pool to the public.
There is a large supermarket & local shops. There is a long promanade alongside the beach which is predominantly pebbles with sand at low tide.
SEATON WETLANDS Nearly 4km of level trails and boardwalk through beautiful marshland and reed beds alongside the river Axe, home to an abundance of wildlife. The signposted trails at the Wetlands make them ideal for a peaceful stroll in the fresh air; you can also have fun pond dipping, or enjoying a picnic with family and friends as well as getting to see your wonderful local wildlife up close from the five hides.
4 miles North-East of Combe View Farm
During the summer months various socieites put on living history displays, street markets & shows.
The medieval Goose Fayre is held in nearby Colyford every autumn.
Lovely walks through the surrounding countryside.
A small historical town, noted for it's part in the Monmouth Rebellion, with excellent pubs & independent shops around a typically Saxon street arrangement.
Home to Colyton Tannery, one of only two remaining tanneries in England that uses the traditional oak bark method of tanning rather than chemicals.
Colyton tramway station is only a short walk from the town, and a ride across the wetlands will take you to Seaton, providing excellent bird watching opportunities.
21 miles West of Coombe View Farm
Our nearest city, boasting a beautiful cathedral and prolific in history right through the ages, including still visible Roman walls around the old city, and medieval tunnels through which you can join a guided tour. The architecture of the city is hugley varied & it's well worth stopping to gaze above the shops.
The city has everything you would expect to find in the way of shops, cinemas, public swimming pools, museums & theatres, however being Devon, it is a very attractive city with plenty of green spaces.
There is a rock climbing centre, paint-balling and the very popular Crealy Adventure Park all very close to Exeter, as well as plenty of historic sites, stately homes & areas of great beauty for those wishing to see more of Devon.
Home to the fantastic Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club & Exeter City Football Club.