A short walk along the South West Coast Path to the west of Beer Head is the picturesque village of Branscombe, whose thatched cottages line a narrow country lane which meanders its way along a beautiful Devon valley, ending at the shingle expanse of Branscombe Beach. Branscombe is at the meeting point of two valleys (or Combes), is thought to be one of the longest villages in England, and also boasts a number of historic buildings including thatched working Norman forge, built in 1580 and thought to be the oldest in Devon.
Some may remember Branscombe for the misfortune of having an unwelcome visit from the MSC Napoli which was wrecked in a storm off the beach in 2007. Some of the Napoli's 2,300 containers were holed during the storm, with their contents washing up on the beach, and the narrow lanes around Branscombe gridlocked by people arriving from all over the country to salvage everything from packs of nappies to BMW motorbikes. Thankfully all that is left of the Napoli is its 13,500Kg anchor which was given as a gift to Branscombe and now sits just off the beach as a reminder to its unwelcome visitor.
To the East of Branscombe Beach is Hooken Undercliff, an area of slump in the chalk cliffs which occurred in 1790 and now forms a scenic wooded and sheltered habitat for wildlife, and a beautiful walk for walkers who wish to make a diversion of the Coast Path.