Seafront at Beer, Devon
Seafront at Beer, Devon

Beer is a small fishing village situated on the 95-mile long Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site and its picturesque cliffs, including Beer Head, form part of the South West Coast Path.

Beer is a pretty coastal village that grew up around a smugglers’ cove and caves which were once used to store contraband goods. These are now part of the attraction of the village. Many of the buildings are faced with flint, a hard glassy stone found in the local chalk rock.

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. Nowadays, small electrically driven winches using steel cables or tractors are located on the beach to haul boats in. Higher up is an old manual capstan operated by up to 20 men, now disused.

Beer is a popular place for tourists to visit so can be rather busy. There is a large cliff top car park for motorhomes but the roads to get there are a little narrow. The views along the coast path from this car park are stunning, looking over the bay to Seaton and Beer. Its a steep hill from here down to the village which has a few shops and then down to the beach which is sheltered by cliffs all the way around. This is a pebble beach but the locals have laid out walkway mats, which is a very helpful touch. On one side of the beach there are lots of fishing and leisure boats pulled up onto the pebbles. In the middle there are rows upon rows of deckchairs to hire and then a clear patch at the far end. There are a couple of places supplying food and drink on the beach and a pub just above with a beer garden overlooking the bay.