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Beer East Devon , once famous for smuggling, reliant on fishing,and quarrying. The harbour is a natural cove, a suntrap sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds, with shingly beach nestling below the chalk cliffs. During the last century the fishermen's wives would work fine lace, so fine they were commissioned to produce Queen Victoria's wedding dress. Many miles of the surrounding Coast are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are part of the World Heritage Site the Jurassic Coast, stretching all the way from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset
Small boats pulled ashore by wire rope winch and capstan land crab and lobster. Don't trip on the cables. Take a 2 hour mackerel fishing trip , or a cruise along the beautiful Jurassic Coast. Hire a motor boat. Beer village mainstreet, complete with stream running down to the beach offers pubs, restaurants, craft galleries and workshops, hotels and antique shops. Take a ride on the miniature train at the Pecorama Pleasure Gardens .Admire the detail of the models. On a clear day the views across the Bay from the Gardens are superb.
Keen walkers may wish to take the 5 mile walk along the Coast to Branscombe taking in views from Start Point to Portland. The Undercliff was the scene of a massive landslip in 1789-90. The Undercliff is now densely overgrown and contains a wide range of plant species. Safety warning. Stay away from the cliff edge and bottom at all times
Branscombe is one of those villages whose photograph is often seen on chocolate box lids. Thatched cottages, lead down to the sea and a shingly beach , believed by some to be the longest village in the country. In summer many of the houses are awash with the colour from hanging baskets and climbing roses. There are two pubs. Popular with visitors are the The Old Bakery, Manor Mill & Forge cared for by the National Trust. One can even buy examples of the blacksmith's work Open Easter to October.
Explore the Beer Quarry Caves - it is believed these date from Roman Times. Stone was handcut into blocks, sometimes as large as 4 tons, for use in religious buildings such as churches and cathedrals as far afield as Exeter and Westminster Abbey. Take a hour long guided tour, and learn how the stone much prized by masons for its ability to be carved in fine detail was won. See the tool marks that remain on the Quarry Walls to this day. The Quarry was last worked early in the 20th century.
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