Some years ago when the girls were aged 8 and 12 we took a family holiday down to Devon. All those years ago, not knowing the area very well, we rented a lovely house in a little village called Colyton. It was a couple of miles inland but ideally situated for exploring the east Devon coast. We visited several seaside towns but Beer was the one that stole our hearts.
Especially when we discovered this caravan park perched high atop Beer Head with its magnificent views of the sea and coastline. This image is taken from Seaton beach.
The next year we rented a caravan up there on the cliff top and the rest is history. Beer Head Caravan Park soon became the place where we holidayed year in and year out. We holidayed other places too but Beer was where we always came back to, and still do. We love the place. The arrow points to Beer beach tucked away between the cliffs.
And so, on 23rd May after a gap of a couple or few years William and I set off on the 250 mile trip to take a week’s holiday in Beer. To say we were looking forward to it is an understatement.
This time we stayed at Bay View Guest House, a beautiful B&B with lots to recommend it and having stayed there before we knew just how good it was. One of its main attributes being its proximity to the seafront. This was the view from our room. We loved it!
The above two pics are of the guest’s lounge. Pretty don’t you think?
As soon as we’d checked in and unpacked we made straight for the beach and a coffee…
… from one of the timeless beach cafes.
That first evening we had much yearned for fish ‘n’ chips for tea from Beer Chippy. Beer Chippy sells the best fish and chips I have ever tasted. We always eat them outdoors, never in the chippy restaurant, sitting on a bench close to the beach.
I love those white chalk cliffs, the squawking gulls, the crunch of pebbles underfoot and the sea gently crashing on those pebbles. Oh, and let’s not forget the cream teas from the beach cafe, I love them too!
East Devon Council like most other councils up and down the country are plonking down “outdoor gyms” here there and everywhere. I personally think they’re a waste of tax payers money but we the tax payers don’t get consulted on these matters do we? Anyway, William gave this one in Beer a try one night and nearly did himself some damage! Safe to say, he only tried it the one time.
It was so good to be back on Beer beach, it’s one of those places that really floats our boat!
And after a lazy day on the beach it can be a good idea to stop off at The Anchor Inn and enjoy a glass of cold ale in their beer garden. So we did that a few times. Or, if the sun has gone in a hot cup of coffee goes down just as well.
Either way with this view it’s a pleasure.
Of an evening we took to strolling around Beer village (yes sir, we know how to live it up!) Our route would invariably take us up this lane, one of the many hilly lanes around dotted with quaint cottages and pretty gardens.
Then we would need to take a breather before setting off down to The Anchor beer garden for perhaps another thirst quenching glass of something black and cold.
Looks relaxed doesn’t he? That’s what a week in Beer beside the sea will do for the soul.
Of course we ventured out of Beer and visited other favourite spots and I intend to come back with that post very soon.