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Woolacombe to Ilfracombe

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  • Woolacombe Sands
    / Woolacombe Sands
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  • / Woolcombe Coast
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  • / Looking towards Woolacombe
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  • / Towards Morte Point
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  • / Morte Point
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  • / Looking west alongthe SWCP
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  • / Coast path acorn
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A simple walk along an exhilarating section of the South West Coast Path between the beach towns of Woolacombe and ilfracombe. 
moderate
Distance 13.2 km
3:30 h
397 m
403 m
171 m
10 m
Start in the surfer's paradise that is Woolacombe at one of the UK's most popular beaches before walking a stunning section of the South West Coast Path through the middle of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rolling fields lead to the high cliffs and jagged rocks of the coast.

Author’s recommendation

A sublime coastal walk, simply put one foot in front of the other and enjoy the views!
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Author
George Hudson
Update: September 21, 2017
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
171 m
Lowest point
10 m

Safety information

Take care as some parts of the path come close to sheer drops. 

There are a number of sections on this route where you have to walk on or alongisde the road. They tend to be quiet, but please be aware of oncoming traffic.

Tips and hints

 

Stock up on supplies in Woolacombe as there are not many places, if any, to buy food along the way. There are a number of shops on Barton Road ion the centre of town which shoul provide all you need.

 

Points of Interest:

Woolacombe Beach - Voted Number 1 in the UK on Tripadvisor in 2015 & 2016! Woolacombe also holds the ‘England for Excellence Gold Award’ for best family resort and was voted the Best British Beach in the Mail On Sunday. Woolacombe Beach lies between Morte Point and Baggy Point. This three-mile long stretch of golden sand is renowned for it’s cleanliness, water quality and facilities. Life guards ensure safe family swimming during the summer and surfers come from all over the country to enjoy the great waves and clean water.

 

Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe - The Landmark Theatre is an award winning theatre in the North Devon coastal town of Ilfracombe. Of unusual (even controversial) double conical design, it is locally referred to as Madonna's Bra, a reference to its shape and that of an iconic brassiere worn by the singer Madonna.

http://www.theatresonline.com/theatres/ilfracombe-theatres/landmark-theatre/

Start

Woolacombe Sands car park, Woolacombe. (23 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
SS 45750 43786
DD
51.172462, -4.207866
DMS
51°10'20.9"N 4°12'28.3"W
UTM
30U 415560 5669697
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Destination

Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe.

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00km - The start point is the Woolacombe Sands car park. With the flag pole on your left you will see a footpath. Head STRAIGHT ON through the car park towards the coast. The concrete path gives way to a grassy area, BEAR RIGHT walking diagonally across the grassy area and pick up the stoney path. Do not follow one of the paths onto the beach, the coast path stays on the grassy areas above the beach & rocks. 

1.00km - You will come to a road, TURN LEFT heading uphill & following sign for Coast Path. 

1.70km - If path on left is open rejoin the coast path, if not continue up road, you will be able to rejoin coast path in a short distance.

2.00km - BEAR RIGHT going through the lower & smaller gate, staying on the path that hugs the coast.

2.40km - BEAR LEFT staying on path that hugs the coast.

3.90km - BEAR LEFT towards Bull Point.

5.80km - BEAR LEFT towards lighthouse and continue along the path that runs along the perimeter wall. 

7.30km - BEAR RIGHT continuing up the steps, at top of steps TURN LEFT.

7.60km - After passing through the gate, BEAR LEFT following sign for Coast Path. 

7.90km - BEAR LEFT following the acorn symbol sign .

8.00km - BEAR LEFT at railing, following the sign reading Coast Path & Tarka Trail To Ilfracombe 3 miles

8.30km - Continue STRAIGHT ON following acorn symbol. 

10.40km - BEAR LEFT following the wooden sign for Coast Path Ilfracombe. 

11.30km - Go through the gate following sign for Torrs Walk. 

11.70km - BEAR LEFT continuing to zig-zag downhill. 

12.00km - TURN LEFT following sign for Coast Path Town Centre.

12.10km - TURN LEFT onto Torrs Walk Avenue.

12.30km - Continue STRAIGHT ON up Granville Road.

12.60km - TURN LEFT, going through small metal gate on the bend in Granville Road, where you will see a blue acorn symbol. Continue STRAIGHT ON along the Coast Path to the finish point for this walk on Promenade, beside the theatre buildings - these theatre buildings are a strange shape, and sort of resemble the furnaces of a nuclear power plant.

13.20km - Your walk for today finishes on Ilfracombe Promenade, beside the theatre buildings and a park area.

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Coordinates

OS Grid
SS 45750 43786
DD
51.172462, -4.207866
DMS
51°10'20.9"N 4°12'28.3"W
UTM
30U 415560 5669697
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

The route is exposed to the elements, be prepared for high winds. Even with warm weather, wind chill can be a factor so bring a good windbreaker or waterproof jacket. Sturdy walking boots are recommended and you may wish to consider taking walking poles for your comfort.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.2 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
397 m
Descent
403 m
Highest point
171 m
Lowest point
10 m
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