Seaton to Sidmouth

26/5/12 A bus straight to our starting point won't happen very often. I doubt there will be a closer pub to the arrival point either.

The Vault Bar has one door on the front and one next to the bus stop. Two pints of Potholer (4.3%), the Spitfire was off, for £5.60 and game of pool were our pleasant starters for the day.

A few years ago, we had walked to Beer along the rocks. Being more sensible now, we stuck to path and soon descended for our second of the day.

The Anchor Inn nestles just above the beach. It was busy and the landlord hadn't enough time to change a barrel of his own beer. So we had two pints of Otter Bitter (3.6%) for £6.60.

Then it was onwards and upwards towards Branscombe. This section of the path hadn't been particularly mentioned as picturesque, but I was impressed.

The geological changes were obvious and made for an interesting backdrop. The undercliff section was more spectacular than the previous, more renown section.

We were hungry as we approached Branscombe. The cafe offered a relatively small pasty to take away for £3.95. I managed to resist that, but Sid couldn't. Then it was up and down a few times, including a small stretch actually on a beach. The last climb was particularly steep steps, but from there it was a gentle descent  to the footbridge over the Sid and along the front.

Dukes is set back from the front, but has a beer garden that opens onto it. We sat inside and had a Bays Springtime (4.5%) and Doom Bar (4%) for £6.70. Seemed more like a bar than a pub.

The Marine is a sports pub. There were various sports on different screens making it difficult to stand anywhere without blocking someone's view, so we played pool. We had a Break Water (4.6%) and Branoc (3.8%) for £6.60. The photo was taken as an after-thought as we hurried for the bus to Honiton after a hot day's walking.

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