Enjoy a 360 virtual tour of Beer a picturesque fishing village once known for being a haven for smugglers thanks to the many caves that can be found around the cliffs of the Jurassic Coast.
You have to have a beer in beer at the barrel of beer. Sadly I was only passing through, but what i saw of the village made me think that it definitely deserves a proper visit and spend some time looking around. The area seemed to be family friendly and the beach is shingle surrounded by limestone cliffs which looked to provide a natural suntrap. The fishing boats are launched directly from the beach and recovered by means of winches pulling the boats back onto the beach, so if you are wandering the beach watch out for fishermans winches amongst the shingle.
Beer is located on the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast on the English Channel facing Lyme Bay, forming part of the South West Coast Path and is a little over 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the town of Seaton. Devon, South West, UK.
- Beer whose name comes not from the alcoholic beverage but from the old English word bearu, meaning forest that once surrounded the village.
- Beer is home to a cave complex, the Beer Quarry Caves, resulting from the quarrying of Beer stone. This stone has been prized since Roman times, because of its workability for carving and for its gentle yellow colour on exposure to air. Beer stone was used in the construction of 24 cathedrals around the UK, including Exeter Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and was also used in the building of Christchurch Cathedral, St.Louis. Missouri, USA. Bovey House, an Elizabethan manor house, is a mile inland.
- The man-made caves are of importance for a diversity of hibernating bats, including the very rare Bechstein’s bat.
- The cliffs at and around village of Beer are part of the westernmost stretch of white chalk cliffs on the English Channel coast.
- Starre House is the oldest house in Beer built using the local Beer stone that has been quarried since Roman times.
- Bacteria taken from cliffs at Beer on the south coast were launched to the International Space Station in 2008. The Beer microbes were placed on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Technology Exposure Facility and were sent up still sitting on, and in, small chunks of cliff rock from the Jurassic Coast. After 553-days they found that many were still alive. The survivors are now reproducing in a laboratory. This was part of an experiment to study the survival of microbes (which naturally live on the stone) in extreme conditions. A new species of cyanobacteria was isolated at the Open University that could be used in future space settlements on the Moon and Mars to produce oxygen and break down rocks.
- Beer won Gold in the “South West in Bloom” awards in 2018.
- A small stream flows through Beer’s main street alongside the pavement running down to the beach and into to the sea.
- Deep shelving beach
- Strong Currents
- Unstable Cliffs
- Large breaking waves in storm conditions
Historically, the main sources of income for the village include fishing and lace production. Boats are winched up the beach as there is no harbour, and fresh fish is sold nearby.
- Beer is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Its name is not derived from the drink, but from the Old English word bearu, meaning “grove” and referring to the original forest that surrounded the village.
- There is evidence of Neolithic Man’s presence in Beer. Man-made flint tools, cores and flakes are found all over and at Bovey Fir Cross, just north of the caves, there is a Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age burial mound.
- Beer was once famous for its lace and made the lace for Queen Victoria’s wedding dress.
There’s a good choice of places considering it’s only small, with B&B’s, caravan park and even a hostel.
- B&B, Bay View B&B, Durham House Beer, Colebrooke House, Bank House
- Camping, Beer Head Caravan Park
- Hotel, The Anchor Inn, The Dolphin Hotel
- Hostel, YHA Beer
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- Fine foundation centre
- Heritage Centre
- Hooken Cliffs
- Jubilee Memorial Gardens
- Paddle boarding
- South West Coast Path
- Starre House (The oldest house in Beer built using the local Beer stone that has been quarried since Roman times)
- Quarry Caves
- Walk to Branscombe Beach
- Walk to Seaton Hole Beach
- Anchor Inn
- Barrel O’ Beer
- Beer Fish & Chip Shop
- Cafe Napoli
- Dolphin Hotel
- Osborne’s Cocktail and Wine Bar
- Smugglers Kitchen
- Rhythm and Blues festival
Beer is only small and very easy to walk around. Beware it is on a hill though.
- Petes Taxis, 01297 20999
- Seaton Taxis, 01297 24666
- Karen’s Cars, 01297 680400
Beer EX12 3EL. There is a small car park adjacent to the beach and larger ones in the centre of the village and at Beer Head (about 15 minutes walk from the beach). The village is only small and can become very crowded in summer months – parking can then be tricky!
- Bus, AVMT Buses run service 899 from Seaton to Sidmouth via Beer and Branscombe. It is one of Devon’s most scenic bus routes. Service 885 runs from Axminster to Beer via Colyton and Seaton. There is also service 52 which runs to Exeter and back once a day.
- Car, Just off the A3052 which starts at Exeter to the West and Lyme Regis to the East between the towns of Sidmouth and Seaton, take the right hand turning at Hangman’s Stone signposted Beer B3174.
- Train, nearest railway station is at Axminster (around 9 miles away) which is on the Exeter to Waterloo line. Then jump on the 885 bus to Beer.
- There is no lifeguard.
- There are public toilets situated near the beach.
- Dogs are allowed on the east side of beach (toward Seaton). However dogs are banned 1st May – 30th September on the West side (toward sidmouth).
- Type: Shingle & sand
- Find out more about Beer here
- Tip: Get up to £50 off your first booking with Airbnb click here.
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