Beer Quarry, nr Seaton, Devon

The limestone at Beer Quarry has been quarried for centuries and the ‘Beer Quarry Caves’ tourist attraction in the town shows a fantastic side of the seaside town visitors wouldn’t normally get to see. However, directly opposite the attraction lies the abandoned Hanson Beer quarry… and that would be our explore.

Some of the nice features left in the Beer Quarry outbuildings
Some of the nice features left in the Beer Quarry outbuildings

I’m not sure how Hanson get away with it?! Several sites I’ve explored have been abandoned workings occupied by them that have been just raped of material and then left without even an attempt at tidying the site or making it secure. But still… makes my hobby easier!

The open-air quarry workings are much like any quarry, and after 23 years of growing up on Portland it wasn’t anything I hadn’t seen before! It was the underground workings that held my interest, and after having a little look around the remaining outbuildings, which had some nice little features, we headed underground…

As we stood at the entrance, the thawing icicles above the opening were falling off taking stone with them. A little concerning, and the mine itself doesn’t “feel” particularly safe in comparison to other mines I’ve explored but on we marched.

Directly inside the mine sits some original electrical equipment and also some kind of winch platform area with a shaft to the surface. The roof didn’t look terribly safe here so I didn’t hang around to inspect it! After a couple of turns, there is a large open space with brick roof supports. It looked like there’s been a lot of collapses.

The mine is quite small and the whole site is walked within 5-10 minutes, but all-in-all, a nice wander and worth the visit. I think I’ll take the Beer Caves tour in the Summer too, they look extremely interesting.

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