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BEER

A mile to the west of Seaton is the iconic picture-postcard village of Beer, an ancient settlement that was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Facing Lyme Bay and with high chalk cliffs on either side, the sheltered shingle beach is still an active working beach, with deck chairs and ice cream stalls vying for space with winches, crab pots, and fishing boats, which land their catches on the beach and which can be purchased fresh from the sea at a small stall just off the beach.  

 

Its iconic name sadly does not refer to the drink; there are several theories about its origin with one likely theory being that it has its origins in the Saxon word 'bearu', meaning "wood", thought to refer to the forests which once surrounded the village. An infamous early inhabitant of Beer was Jack Rattenbury, born in Beer in 1778 he went on to become one of Devon's most famous smugglers. Jack was known as the Rob Roy of the West and in his later years wrote about his colorful life in a book called "Memoirs of a Smuggler". 

As a photographic location, Beer beach can be great for detail shots of crab pots and beach huts, but it's a busy and cluttere holiday beach in the summer and therefore is somewhere I much prefer to visit in the winter months when the beach is less cluttered and the only company is the fishermen and a few seagulls.