Coast Path Walk to Beer
Seaton Hole is the most westerly accessible point of Seaton Bay and is more charming than the name suggests! The Coast Path Walk to Beer is a lovely short walk to try out at any time of year.
Now this might seen strange but I’m starting with a diversion off this coast path walk route because you need to know about it! At Seaton Hole there’s a path with steps down to the sea. The small ” beach” is mainly rocks and pebbles, great for kids rock-pooling or looking for seaside treasure and a fun spot even if you don’t head to Beer. When the tide is out you can walk along the pebble beach to Seaton. If you choose to go to the beach here, be warned it is definitely not a pushchair friendly option!
I remember taking the kids to Seaton Hole once when they were toddlers, they got so wet splashing and having fun I had to sit them in their car seats to go home wearing only their pants as – of course I wasn’t organised enough to have spare clothes and towels !
From the cafe at the top there are picnic benches and view out to sea, a great place just to relax even without the walking. The cafe and toilet opening times are unclear, summer only I believe. This walk is not suitable for push chairs if you want to go all the way into Beer, as there are steps at the end.
Follow This Easy Route
But I’m getting distracted as this little walk is actually just meant to be Seaton Hole to Beer, about 1.5 miles (if you want to extend it further see my ideas below).
The start and end of this walk are steep, just take your time, there’s no need to rush!
Follow the coast path signs to Beer – set off up a tarmac track, it gets steep up Beer Hill, for about 200 metres and then turn sharp left onto a footpath.
UP THE HILL
Then just follow your nose up the hill and stop at the convenient bench for a rest and photo opportunity, a great view across the bay with the pretty coloured beach huts along Seaton’s promenade sat neatly under the red cliffs.
TAKE A LITTLE REST!
Now you’ve stopped puffing and taken some pics we’re off again!
On your way and the path soon gives you glimpses of the sea to your left and after 1/2 mile you start to see the gorgeous picturesque Beer beach, fishing boats, beach huts and imposing cliffs as you peek the through the trees.
THE FINAL PART
Well before you know it you reach the top of the village and memorial gardens, more photo opportunities! Officially the path is steps down through the gardens into Beer, or the big kids amongst you can race through the trees and down a steep grassy bank for an alternative option.
There is a small children’s play park at the bottom of the hill.
Extending this Walk
If you want to extend this walk then, I suggest finding somewhere to park in Seaton (various pay and display car parks) or even park right over at the Axmouth end of the town along the Axe Estuary and walk right along Seaton Promenade, this adds about 2 miles to the walk. The other popular coast path option is to walk on to Branscombe where there is another summer seaside cafe called the Sea Shanty..
Everybody Loves Beer
This quaint East Devon fishing village has a great history. Lace making, fishing, stone quarried for Exeter Cathedral and of course smuggling (Beer Caves are very interesting). The one Main Street has a lovely selection of little shops, cafes and pubs so there are no shortage of places to stop and rest or buy a souvenir. Down on the beach in the summer there is a great cafe for a light lunch and a drink.
There are endless photo opportunities from boats and crab pots to cliffs and ice cream eating snaps.
If you enjoy cooking fresh fish then the fish shop on the slipway down to the beach is a great place to choose the seasonal catch of the day and support the local fishermen.
What I love about Beer is that you can spend all day chilling out on the beach or sat outside a pub in the summer, or make it a quick bracing walk in the winter before heading home to cook a roast dinner and feeling smug that you’ve been outside and not spent all day in your PJs!