Another lovely long beach where the character and make-up of the terrain can change according to conditions, Branscombe is pebbly for most of its length, most of the time. Some epic beach houses and shacks line the cliff-face here, although many have taken a battering in recent storms. At its eastern extremity, the beach disappears into a series of towering sand sculptures called the Pinnacles, crafted by Mother Nature herself and standing some 50 metres high.
In January 2007, a container ship the MSC Napoli became grounded just off the coast here in a storm, and she lost her cargo – prompting an invasion of latter day treasure-hunters on lookout for bounty. All that is left of the Napoli now is one of its colossal 13,500kg anchors, donated to the beach by the embarrassed shipping company. It’s still a classic beach to comb after a storm, but if you don't find any treasure you can always browse the shelves of the Sea Shanty café, which serves hot drinks and food right on the sea front here, and also sells various knick-knacks. For a more substantial feed, head into the village, where the dog-welcoming Masons Arms cook up a storm in their kitchen.
Beach type: Pebble.
Dog information: Dogs allowed most of the year, though some restrictions on the part immediately opposite the Sea Shanty.