A great time was had by all in Beer in East Devon near to the border of Dorset, about 19 of us, some in the hostel, some brave souls camping out.
A sunny journey down on Wednesday, settling in to the hostel and we had a nice home-cooked meal there. Then a moonlit walk to the beach and stopped off for a quick drink in Beer social club. There were some lovely pictures of fishermen on the walls, and it is said that all the locals are descended from these fishermen. Time for some new fish in the genepool perhaps.
Thursday: Jeff, Mark O, Martina, Liane, Christine and Mary all visited Lyme Regis. Sun was scorching, Mary got burnt and I even had shorts on. Whilst queuing up for the mackerel fishing, some rather green passengers disembarked from the previous trip, so Mark and I ran away and left the others to find their sea legs. The evening brought a lovely meal, the freshly caught mackerel nicely baked. Mark refused to let me paint his toenails.
Friday: We went to visit the trams, all sorts of interesting colours, very quaint. Mark refused to get on the pink tram for personal reasons, then rain set in, and we ended up in the pub for a few hours. However we did a spot of otter-spotting. There followed a trip to Beer Quarry, where we were given a guided tour by a very knowledgeable geologist. In the evening, the two Brians were caught trying to steal a guitar from a local establishment which had been signed by the one and only Brian May (from Queen).
Saturday: Brought a coastal walk, about 6 miles, from Seatown to Charmouth, the sun shone for most of the walk, with some spectacular rain coming in from the sea, which was breathtaking. Great views from Golden Cap, as far as the Isle of Portland. One lone hostel-dweller called Mica joined us for the day's walking. A stop at the beach cafe followed and a visit to the fossil exhibition at Charmouth. We all went for a curry in the evening at a local restaurant.
Sunday: A walk of about 9 miles, on the coastal path and through some villages. We stopped off at a teashop, Martina fell asleep on the grass. We checked out the old working forge, and all the rather lovely items for sale there. Steve T went cycling and endured some killer hills. In the evening, we headed for Lyme Regis, where the Candles on the Cobb festival was taking place. The whole place was filled with people, the bay has hundreds of lit candles, and there was a firework display. We enjoyed a lovely meal, a lot of us partaking in locally caught fish.
Monday: A trip to Exeter for seven of the group, visiting the heritage area, the site of Roman walls and old settlement buildings. There was an informative tour of the cathedral which was free and interestingly the windows there were all built from Beer stone. Brian G was discovered by Christine and Mary in the crypt... whilst Mark O apparently hid from the verger in the belfry. Jeff went exploring and discovered the Pigorama. There were no pigs present, these were seen flying low over Beer trying to escape...
The hostel was clean and very well organised, no alcohol was allowed to be brought in, so Jan drank her wine from her tea flask. We had a visit from Gary, who appeared to be rather under-dressed and lurked in tents and random rooms in the hostel. A very polite chap though, until he was discovered sleeping in the corridor after a heavy night, he was sternly reprimanded by the wardens. Thankyou to all the group for such a wonderful trip: Brian G, Mark O, Ian R, Rick, Brian F, Martina, Liane, Mark D, Christine, Kim, Jan, Helen, Simon H, Jeff, Kathy, Kerry, Steve T.
Report by Liane
Mackerel fishing in Lyme Regis - Photo by Martina
Start of the walk at YHA Beer - Photo by Martina
Coastal walk from Sidmouth to Beer - Photo by Martina
Golden Cap - Photo by Jeff
Berry Barton - Photo by Jeff