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- Sand and shingle beach
- Surrounded by high chalk cliffs
- Large car parking area
- West side has restrictions in summer
Beer is a picturesque fishing village with a sand and shingle beach surrounded by high chalk cliffs.
Once a smugglers haven, the shape of the coastline allowed local seafarers to operate in weather conditions when other towns could not, as it is protected from the prevailing westerly winds by Beer Head and the chalk cliffs which are the furthest outcrop of limestone on the SW coast.
Today, the sources of income are mainly tourism and fishing. The beachis made up of pebbles, shingle and shell which makes walking on the beach difficult. Long rubber mats — actually recycled conveyor belts — are laid down to assist walkers.
There are popular coastal walks to Branscombe and Seaton along the South West Coast Path and along to Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Coast.
Facilities include a selection of shops, cafes and a pub as well as public toilets and a large car parking area. There are no lifeguards on duty and dogs are not allowed on the West side of the beach from 1st May - 30th September.
Images by Cecca Whetnall
“This is a really lovely warm beach. I must question that it is not dog friendly I the summer. We have used the East side of the beach for years all the year round, unless rules have changed which I doubt it still remains very dog friendly”
“Visited Beer beach in Aug 2015 and local restrictions now apply ALLOWING dogs to the EAST end of the beach all year around.”
“We love Beer and this summer 2015 decided we would take the grandchildren for a day out. What a disappointment it was to see so many dogs without constraint with their owners on the beach. Admittedly they were near the boats and to the east of the beach, but so were many famIlies as it was a hot day and the beach was very busy, so finding a suitable place to sit and picnic was difficult. I might add that I like dogs in the right places at the right time. ”
- Granny H
“Visited in July 2014 and 2015. Lovely outdoor cafes on the beach to which Harvey was welcome and he was definitely allowed to explore the beach to the left side beyond the fishing boats. Lovely place definitely worth visiting. ”
- Caroline Mark and Harvey ( our dog)
“Being just 4 miles from this lovely little fishing village we are just sad that the beach cannot provide a part for dogs during the summer months. Just a big thought anyway.”
- Rosemary Hogg
“Dogs ARE allowed on the east side of the beach during the summer months ”
- Hector &Homer Basset