- Magnificent valley and coastal views.
- Beer Quarry Caves.
Distance: approximately 2 miles. Walking time 1 hour 45 minutes (excluding cave visit).
Recommended maps: OS 1:25000 no’s 115/116
From the Mariner’s Hall (1) walk up the road 50 years and turn left at Steam Gallery into New Cut. After 100 years take public footpath uphill to the right. Turn left and after some yards take next public footpath uphill and take next right. Pecorama complex on your left (2).
Continue uphill into Mare Lane. Along this lane are viewpoints back towards Beer and Portland Bill. Continue until you reach a wood on your left (3). Here turn right onto a signposted permissive path which picks up the boundary of a wood and reaches a public footpath. Turn right and quickly Beer Quarry Caves will appear on your right (4).
The caves were voted in the top 5 underground experiences in Britain. They were started in Roman times bringing out Beer stone used on many fine buildings, including Exeter Cathedral. As they went deeper into the hill, the caves and arches reflect changing styles. Guided tours run from Easter to the end of October, highlighting the tough conditions workers experiences and the legacy of 200 years’ continuous work.
After the caves either retrace your steps or walk on down the lane back into Beer.