|Beer is a lovely sheltered unspoilt fishing village in Lyme Bay with a shingle beach that once had a reputation for smuggling. The name is derived from the Anglo Saxon word "bearu" meaning "grove". The cliffs are unusual for Devon in that they are made from chalk. The Cretaceous limestone found here is soft and easy to carve but hardens when exposed to the elements. This made it very desirable for sculptors and historically, it was mined as far back as the Roman era.
Today you can visit the Beer Quarry Caves, which were also used by smugglers for hiding contraband, while examples of the stone can be seen in the ornate carving at Exeter Cathedral. The area around Beer also has some bronze age burial mounds.