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Summer Camping and Beach (Branscombe, Devon) (34913)

Event Overview

Come camping with us in the heart of the beautiful green East Devon countryside.
We will be walking along the coast path, visiting the beach, swimming in the sea, going to village pub and toasting marshmallows around the camp fire :)

Come camping with us in the heart of the beautiful green East Devon countryside.
We will be walking along the coast path, visiting the beach, swimming in the sea, going to village pub and toasting marshmallows around the camp fire :)

Just one mile from the unspoilt  coastal village of Branscombe, and England's first World Heritage Site, the famous Jurassic Coast.

There is a great beach at branscombe. The village also has a lovely old pub.

We will be camping on a Coombe view farm situated in an elevated position approximately 20 minutes walk from the village.





Friday: You are welcome to arrive from the late afternoon. We will pitch our tents, eat at the campsite and settle round the campfire. There will be the option to go to the pub depending on what people want to do and the weather. There will be an event briefing at 9pm.


Saturday Daytime:

Coastal walk from Branscombe to Sidmouth. 

We will walk into the village of Branscombe , then along the south west coast path to Sidmouth. We will have our lunch on the isolated beach of Weston Mouth where we will stop for an hour or two if the weather is good and swim in the sea and sunbath/relax on the beach.  (Part of the beach is clothing optional so skinny dipping is also an option) .

After lunch we will continue onto Sidmouth.  Sidmouth is a traditional british sea side town. We will stop here for an hour for refreashments before returning to the campsite by car.


Saturday Evening:   You will have the option to go to the pub for a meal or cook your own food at the campsite depending on what people want to do and the weather. We will also have a camp fire.


We will tidy up and take down our tents.

We will decide what people would like to do for the morning from many local attractions available which may include a pub lunch before returning home. 

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What to bring

If it’s your first OutdoorLads event or you are trying something for the first time and you’re unsure what kit you’ll need - don’t worry – the following should help.


This is only a guide - you will need to consider the weather forecast and the activity as described. An event in April for example can be like a summer event or something more like a winter one.

If you have any questions just message the event leader.

   Day walks (easy, low level, summer)

For lots of low level day walks in the summer you need very little gear. (This excludes any walks at height – like in North Wales, the Lakes or Scotland.)

·         Good walking shoes or boots are always a good idea – as even in the height of summer we can end up wading through soggy mud.

·         A waterproof jacket is pretty essential in all but the most drought like conditions. If there is the slightest chance of rain (and when isn’t there?) a pair of waterproof trousers is also useful.

·         For summer walks we would also recommend bringing a hat and sun screen, you are likely to be in the sun for up to 8 hours and we often see people quite pink at the end of a good walk.


If you haven’t been camping since you were in the Scouts here is what you need.

If it’s your first trip you are likely to want to get away with the bare minimum.

·         Tents start off relatively cheap but as they say you get what you pay for. These tend to start from £10 upwards (‘festival tents’) that are light and do the job – but only just. You may find that they leak, break or blow away.

·         A thin foam ‘carry mat’ is good to sleep on (under £10) and you can use your clothes to make a pillow. Or if you have the room places like Tesco often sell air beds that cost as little as a fiver.

·         Don’t forget you will need something to sleep in. You can buy a sleeping bag from as little as a tenner. This will tend to be thin but will do the job at most summer camps. At camps later in the year you will want something warmer though.

·         Some places such as Argos/ASDA sell camping sets where you can buy a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and a lamp for approx. £50-£60.

·         If you have friends that camp you may find it beneficial to talk to them first and they may even lend you some kit.

·         Check if the event has a pub nearby for dinner, and buy cereal pots or porridge pots from places like M&S for breakfast. You can easily beg a cup of tea from more seasoned campers – but it helps if you have a cup, and don’t forget a plastic glass if you like your wine! If you are coming by car, a folding chair (£10) is great. As you may be sitting outside late into the evening. Some proper warm clothing always comes in handy – even in the summer. Don’t forget a torch, or you may never make it back to your tent. Finally, ear plugs are always a great idea and  a sleeping mask for early sun rises.

Once you have been once or twice you will know what kit you need to be able to cook a full English breakfast and host a party for 8 in your tent. Until then the above basics will see you right.

You will obviously need what ever kit you need for the daytime activities.

If you still have any questions, please don't hesitate to connect to either or the event leader.


Items sometimes forgotten 

Food , Drink , Camp chair , Torch, Ear plugs, Money.


Food & Drink

You will need to bring your food and drink for the weekend.

Whilst it is always good to cook on site, the local pubs do serve some fantastic food and drink so we could end up going there on one or both evenings depending on what people want to do and the weather.

We are most likely to stay and eat on the campsite on friday evening and go to the Pub on saturday evening.

Packed lunch / snacks for saturdays walk and trip to the beach.  There is a cafe on Branscome beach which we will pass at the beginning of the walk where you can get supplies. We will end the walk in Sidmouth where there is plenty of oportunity to buy food and drink also. 

Meeting & Times

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Well behaved dogs are welcome in the campsite and in the local pub. They will need kept on a lead on the camp site and cleared up after everywhere (goes without saying!).

You may be asked to pay £2 per night per dog to the campsite .

Please be aware that not everyone loves dogs, so please check with other members of the group that is is Ok if your dog is near them.


No problem if you are lucky enough to have a campervan you can use this in lieu of a tent.

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