The National Trust is a conservation charity set up 120 years ago to protect the places that people love.
Devon has at least 32 amazing National Trust places of interest and Branscombe is a wonderful area for walking and exploring. The barns at Pitt Farm have information on different National Trust footpaths that take you around the village and out along the cliff tops.
The Old Bakery is on the lane leading you down to the village hall and then on to the beach. It is a lovely place to stop for refreshments when walking home in the afternoon (amazing cream teas!). From there you can smell the fire burning in the Forge, where Gary or Ian will show you how he carries out his daily work and welcomes you to look around his little shop and showroom. It is thought to have been built in 1580 and is believed to be the oldest thatched working forge in the county.
The Old watermill has been standing near to the bakery since the 19th century. It is open seasonally and very welcoming to families. Children can get involved by turning the cogs on a miniature quern and find out about the history and all who worked there once upon a time.
Half an hours drive into Exmouth, just on the outskirts of Lympstone takes you to A La Ronde (EX8 5BD). A six sided house filled with history and amazing interior design. The newly designed cafe will be ready by February providing cream teas and other refreshments. The views are beautiful from the garden and the shell house is a wonder to the eyes. Fun family activities are held during school holidays that keep everyone amused! There is wheel chair access although the rooms are small so turning can be tricky. Parking is free and dogs are welcome.
Killerton welcomes you to 6,400 acres of working farmland and a welcoming Georgian House. The gardens are glorious with lots of space to wander and enjoy the peace of the outdoors. There are two cafes and an award winning restraint on site, a tranquil gift and plant shop and children’s play area. Mobility tramper hire is available through the Countryside Mobility Scheme and BSL guided tours are also available. (Please see Killerton’s website for details on this https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton)