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  • Set in a hidden wooded valley
  • Restaurant serving local ales, beer, wine and home-cooked meals
  • Flanked by National Cycle Network Route 2

There’s a town called Alice and a youth hostel named Beer, which gets it points in the camping ‘stakes’ right away. And that’s even before you know that the hostel is set in a Victorian building in a hidden wooded valley – with the camping available on the old lord of the manor’s croquet lawn.

You’ll not be surprised that a campsite on the edge of the village of Beer is laden with plenty of, well, beer, with the facilities here including a restaurant pouring local ales, beer and wine as well as dishing up hearty home-cooked meals. You could even sample some local art while you’re sampling the foodie fare with the resident exhibition...?

And, if you’re rushing out of a morning to take advantage of all the local area has to offer, the friendly staff here can sort you out with breakfast and a packed lunch to keep you going – as well as give you all the info you need for a topping day out.

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Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transportation nearby

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade



TV room




Gastronomic delight

Hikers’ paradise

Leave the car at home


Spectacular scenery

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access



Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Tiny (1-10 sites)

Camping 2.0

Bell tents


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  • Bovey Combe, Townsend, Beer, Seaton, Devon, England, EX12 3LL
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 50.7012°N 3.1018°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Seaton (Devon): Sea Front Bus Stop — 2.2 kilometres
Sidmouth: Triangle Bus Stop — 10.1 kilometres
Exeter: Airport Terminal Bus Stop — 22.5 kilometres
Train stations
Axminster Rail Station — 11.1 kilometres
Honiton Rail Station — 12.2 kilometres
Feniton Rail Station — 16.1 kilometres
Ferry ports
Exmouth Ferry Landing — 24.6 kilometres
Starcross Ferry Landing — 25.7 kilometres
Topsham (Turf Lock Ferry) Ferry Landing — 25.8 kilometres
Exeter International Airport — 22.5 kilometres


From A3052. At Hangman's Cross turn to Beer onto B3174. At the end turn left towards Branscombe, then follow the sign.

We are located up a pretty steep drive with a hairpin bend half way up. Don't lose faith - if a fire engine can do it then so can you!

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Travellers on two wheels are well catered for here, with the National Cycle Network Route 2 going right past the campsite, and a bike shed on site with basic tools and bits and bobs to keep you rolling.

There’s plenty of mountain biking nearby, along with canoeing, kayaking, horse riding, sailing, fishing and of course ambling or cycling through the scenic countryside and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty all around.

Beer is right in the heart of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site so you can set out for the day for a spot of fossil-hunting, rockpooling and exploring, or to take a fishing trip or hire a boat only 15 minutes’ walk from the site. The South Downs Way is also nearby for some of the country’s best scenic walking.

Even closer are the must-see Beer Quarry Caves and the Pecorama Pleasure Gardens with its miniature railway, both just a few minutes’ away. And if you want to combine a leisurely amble with some celeb-spotting, stroll eight miles to Axminster to the River Cottage where you could spot chef Hugh or some of the other telly chefs, and take a class at the Cookery School.

Must see

  • Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site (10.2 kilometres)
  • Crealy Great Adventure Park (22.1 kilometres)
  • Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (25.7 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Branscombe: the Old Bakery, Manor Mill and Forge (2.8 kilometres)
  • Shute Barton (8.3 kilometres)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Additional terms

YHA (England and Wales) trading as YHA whose registered office is at Trevelyn House, Dimple Road, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3YH (registered number 00282555) ('we' or 'us').

1. General
1.1 In these terms and conditions "Camping Barns" means the accommodation in 'stone tents'; "Customer" means any customer who makes or is making a booking with the YHA; "Group" means a group of 5 or more people staying at a Youth Hostel (in England and Wales) under the group membership scheme; "Writing" means letter, fax or email; "YHA" means the Youth Hostels Association (England and Wales); "you" means the customer submitting a booking; "Youth Hostel" means a youth hostel run by the YHA;
1.2 The contract for the supply by us of accommodation and (where applicable) other related services (“Contract”) will be formed when we accept your order and we receive from you the appropriate deposit in cleared funds.
1.3 Your contract cannot be amended unless confirmed by an authorised representative of YHA and yourself.
1.4 These conditions and any matters referred to by us, form the entire understanding between you and us and supersede any prior promises, representations (unless fraudulent) or undertakings.
1.5 Any omission or error in any sales literature, web page or site, order form, quotation, price list, order acknowledgement, despatch note, invoice or other document issued by us may be corrected by us without liability. We will advise you of any changes at the time of booking or as soon as is reasonably possible thereafter.
1.6 The provisions of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 are expressly excluded from the Contract so that no third party may claim any rights under this contract.

2. All bookings are subject to availability and YHA reserves the right to decline any booking at its discretion.

3. Condition removed.

4. Group bookings
All Groups must have a minimum leader / participant ratio of one leader for every ten participants. Mixed sex groups must have leaders of both sexes. Group leaders accompanying the Group are responsible for the discipline and behaviour of their Group. Group leaders are responsible for all damage caused by their action or the actions of those in their group. Condition removed.

5. If you change your booking – non group bookings
5.1 Changes requested from the date your booking is made will be treated as cancellations (see clause 7 below).
5.2 If you wish to change a confirmed reservation (e.g. changes in dates of visit or changes in numbers of people booked) such changes are subject to the availability of a suitable alternative and are subject to any additional costs incurred in making changes to accommodate your request.
5.3 We will inform you of the amount of any additional costs when you request your changes and shall agree such costs with you.

6. If you change a group booking
6.1 Subject to availability, you may change a Group booking to a different location or date up to 6 months before your arrival date.
6.2 If less than 6 months before your arrival date, you wish to change a Group booking such a change shall be treated as a cancellation and shall be subject to our standard cancellation charges below (see clause 7 below).
6.3 A Group booking can decrease its numbers by up to 10% up to 28 days before arrival, without incurring cancellation fees. Thereafter any additional decreases in Group numbers will be subject to our standard cancellation charges. Changes are subject to availability.
6.4 All changes shall be subject to the availability of a suitable alternative.

7. If you cancel your booking
7.1 Condition removed.
7.2 Cancellation charges for all Group bookings, where less than 56 days notice is given are set on the sliding scale below. (For non-group cancellation charges see clause 7.4). All cancellation charges are calculated from the day written notification is received by YHA. These charges are based on how many days before the date of the first night of your stay we receive your cancellation notice. These charges are based on the total cost of your stay.

No. of days / amount you must pay
More than 56 days: full refund.
55 – 42 days: 30% of the total cost of your stay
41 – 28 days: 60% of the total cost of your stay
27 – 15 days: 90% of the total cost of your stay
14 days or less: The total cost of your stay

7.3 Condition removed.

7.4 Condition removed.

7.5 Condition removed.

8. If we change your booking
In the unlikely event it becomes necessary to change your booking, in total or in part, YHA will inform you as soon as is reasonably possible of any necessary changes. You shall have the choice of: accepting the changed arrangements; or purchasing another booking from YHA (and paying or receiving a refund in respect of any differences); or cancelling your booking and receiving a full refund of all payments made.

9. Delay or failure to perform
We shall not be liable to you if we are prevented or delayed in the performing of any of our obligations to you if this is due to any cause beyond our reasonable control including (without limitation): an act of God, explosion, flood, fire or accident; war or civil disturbance; strike, industrial action or stoppages of work; any form of government intervention; a third party act or omission; failure by you to give us a correct delivery address or notify us of any change of address.

10. Our liability to you
10.1 YHA shall ensure that the accommodation and /or other services you order from us are in accordance with these terms and conditions and shall be performed by us with reasonable skill and care.
10.2 Where an element of your booking is not provided as stated in clause 10.1 you must notify us within 28 days of the alleged breach. We shall then investigate the matter and if we have not delivered the services in accordance with clause 10.1 you shall be entitled to: a full refund of the cost of your order (or, where appropriate, the relevant section of it) less any fees charged for changes requested by you; or a free stay to the equivalent value of the services complained of, where such dates are agreed in writing by us.
10.3 We will not be liable to you by way of representation (unless fraudulent), common law duty or under any express or implied term of the contract for: any losses which are not foreseeable by both you and us when the Contract is formed arising in connection with the supply of the services or their use by you; any losses which are not caused by any breach by us; business or trade losses.
10.4 Our entire liability in connection with the Contract will not exceed the purchase price of the services booked less any amendment charges paid to us.
10.5 Except in relation to death or personal injury caused by our negligence YHA’s liability remains, at all times, limited to the value of the services booked, excluding any amendment charges paid to us.

If your behaviour is deemed to be unacceptable or causes damage your booking may be terminated and you may be asked to leave YHA premises. Your membership card will be retained pending further enquiry. No whole or part refunds will be made under these circumstances.

12. Governing law and jurisdiction
The contract is subject to English law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

13. Your information
We shall only store and use the information you supply to us for the purposes of carrying out our contract with you and and to collect valuable feedback about how satisfied you were with the services provided. If you do not wish to receive requests for your feedback, please let us know by writing to us at the address noted above.

In the event that your membership is withdrawn or you are notified that you are no longer able to stay at YHA (on the grounds of unacceptable behaviour), your personal details will be shared with all hostels to ensure that you are not permitted to stay in the future.