South coast within an hour

Beer-013We’re lucky to be able to drive to either the north or the south coast within an hour. On Easter Monday we took advantage of the beautiful weather and drove down to Beer.  We wanted to visit Beer Quarry, disused now but volunteers open it to the public and tell the story of quarrying in Beer since Roman times.  The pale honey coloured stone has been used on churches and cathedrals in the region for centuries.  It is soft and workable when first quarried but then dries out and becomes hard.  Well worth a trip to find out more.  Unfortunately we couldn’t take photographs because of the bats that hibernate in the caves.  We were able to get quite close to these fascinating creatures, hanging upside down on the wires like washing.

We went down to the beach but were too late to buy any fish.  Instead sat on the pebbles and watched people going out to catch mackerel, people in kayaks and even a few hardy souls swimming.  Beer is a beautiful village; a stream runs down a channel between the road and the pavement apparently put there by some lady of the manor in days gone by to take away the rotting fish heads!

A beautiful place and we’re so lucky to have it almost on our doorstep.