A great thing about staying in a YHA youth hostel is the variety of locations you can enjoy. Want solitude? There’ll be a mountaintop bothy for you, where you can enjoy some splendid isolation. Sometimes, though, you don’t so much want to get away from it all as want to be within walking distance of a pub and a quick stroll to the beach (ok…you got me…these are often on my list!). Beer YHA definitely fell into this category, being a 10 minute amble down to the picturesque seaside village of Beer in Devon, complete with deckchairs, beach huts, a couple of pubs, pretty seaside shops and plenty of places to buy a stick of rock.
A short hop along the coast is the quintessential English seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its beaches, sea front promenade and seagulls that steal your chips.
Beer YHA is at the top of Beer village. It’s an arts and crafts country house that sleeps 39 in various dorm rooms, family rooms and some en suite rooms. It also offers camping and you can bring your own tent or hire one of their yurts.
We stayed with friends and booked a variety of different rooms, ours being a traditional YHA family bunk room. Not fancy but clean and comfortable.
You can self-cater, there is a bbq or you can wander down to the village for a choice of pubs and restaurants.
Dining room and kitchen
3 BEACHES WITHIN 30 MINS
It was a blustery day when we hit Beer beach. It’s a stony beach with fishing boats, fresh fish for sale, deckchairs and beach huts
Overlooking the beach we found the Bay View Guesthouse, where we enjoyed breakfast and some rather indulgent drinks!
If you’re looking for a sandy beach, hop over the county line to Dorset to visit Lyme Regis. It’s about 20 minutes’ drive from Beer. Take a stroll along the famous Cobb where the lobster pots are piled up.
Visit the lifeboat station, stroll the promenade or play on the beach, lined with cafes and restaurants. There is even an amusement arcade for shelter when the traditional British weather sets in!
25 minutes’ drive from Beer and you are in Charmouth – the heart of England’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO world heritage site and the perfect place for fossil hunting. Hire goggles and a hammer from the shop and you are all set to watch your kids chip away at the rocks for the afternoon! My top tip is visit the fossil museum at the beach first so you know what you are looking for when you are fossil hunting.
For a weekend away that doesn’t break the bank with beaches, fossils and Devon cream teas all on the doorstep – Beer YHA is a great option. In fact, we’re returning Autumn 2018 for some late summer fun.
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