Beer, Branscombe, and Beyond


The Southwest Coast Path, indicated by the acorn symbol, is the longest National Trail in the UK, stretching for 630 miles of UK coastline. We traversed just 4.5 miles of the Trail, from Beer to Branscombe and back again.


The sun shone down as we set out from Beer. Our hearts pounded as we thought of potential of path.


This feeble fence is all that holds walkers back from the cliff’s edge. Erosion has eaten away much of the coastline, but brave souls are still encouraged to drink in the inspiring view.


Aside from sprawling sands, the undercliff - an enormous section of the coast which broke off many years ago - is visible here.


Though rain did not cloud our day, walkers should be cautious of slippery steps and mud - it’s a long way to the ocean!  


At the bottom of the stairs there’s even a little door for furry companions! 


Atop our hill, Branscombe is visible. As indicated by its name, Branscombe sits in a combe, or hollow between two hills.  


Branscombe - home of the infamous MSC Napoli shipwreck - promises good pub food, soft sand, and a rest for weary feet after a long hike from Beer. Visitors can even sit on the Napoli anchor, a gift in recognition of the “inconvenience of the wreck.”


A carpet of buttercups colors our descent into Branscombe. Children (and some playful university students) roll down the hill, careful to avoid painful pricklers and nettles.


Weathered trees shade our path as we ascend the undercliff back to Beer.


As we walk, the lap of ocean waves is just audible over the call of seabirds.


Beer Limestone shines bright in the sun - this cliff face was exposed after a major portion of the cliff fell free, forming the undercliff.  


Beer is a part of the Jurassic Coast, which is an important World Heritage Site.


 Helpful signs guide the way - smartphones are not welcome on this path.


It’s experiences and breathtaking views like this that make us appreciate the beauty of the natural world. There are many ways to contribute to the conservation of these paths, please visit for more information.

Text © Abbie Titcomb 
Photos © Megan Otto


Southwest Coast Path, Beer to Branscombe