Devon LivingIssue #02

Got to experience Beer

Postcard-perfect and picturesque to the last detail, the village of Beer lies in Lynne Bay on the Jurassic Coast – named as England’s first World Heritage Site in 2001.

With a small fleet of working fishing boats still based on the shingle beach, as well as surrounding white chalk cliffs providing a natural suntrap, this seaside village epitomises Devon by the sea. It’s no wonder it’s the favourite beach of Exeter Chiefs lock Dave Dennis (turn to page 78 for the full interview).

As well as the beach, you can explore Beer Quarry Caves, a vast, man-made complex of subterranean caverns formed after centuries of quarrying Beer’s famous stone. Steeped in history, this quarry was forst worked by the Romans and, over the centuries, Beer stone has been used to build some of England’s most iconic buildings, including both Exeter and St Paul’s Cathedral, parts of Westminster Abbey, even The Tower of London!

The Jurassic Coast covers 95 miles of exceptionally beautiful coastline from east Devon to Dorset. It’s famed for its rocky coastline, where 185 million years of Earth’s history has been recorded, which makes your trip to Beer just one part of a fascinating walk through time.

This stunning image was captured by James Maloney.