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Terrain:- Moderate hills.
Refreshment:- Pubs and cafes at Ilfracombe Harbour.
Map:- Explorer OL 9

Ilfracombe Harbour

View over Ilfracombe Harbour

Hele Watermill

  Ilfracombe to Hele Bay - Approx 3 miles

The Route: Start the walk from Ilfracombe harbour and walk up through Marine Drive car park shortly bearing left into the park to pick up the coast path. Follow the path around the outskirts of a pitch and putt course following the yellow way marks up Hillsborough hill. Stop for a while to admire the spectacular views over Ilfracombe harbour.

Continue up over the top and start descending down through the trees along the well marked footpath zig-zagging down the hill admiring the views over Hele Bay. You finally reach the bay via a short flight of steps where you find an ice cream shop and public conveniences.

From Hele Bay walk up Beach Road to the main road where you cross over and take the sign posted footpath next to the bus stop. The path follows a stream and eventually emerges at Hele Mill where you can have a look around the restored watermill and purchase wholemeal flour.

Continue along the lane and at the end bear right then turn left towards a mobile home park. Before you reach the park turn left up the hill beside Witheridge Place. Follow the tarmac road up the hill and bear right through a field gate onto a well marked footpath. The footpath leads between the banks to Comyn cottages and farm. Here turn sharp right and continue round to a tarmac track. Follow the track back via Chambercombe Manor, a haunted historic house, where you can stop and have a cream tea before continuing back to Ilfracombe. Follow the road down the hill crossing the main road at the bottom leading back to the harbour..


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