South West Coast Path – Hele Bay to Ilfracombe Walk

The path starts with a steep climb up the cliff side from Hele Bay.  I think I should have suspected how the how the steep the cliff walk was going to be considering I could see the gardens just down the road had shed’s half way up a hill!  Someone had what seem liked the Stairway to Heaven rather than steps to their house!

I digress, the path wound through a woody area – also known as Hillsborough – despite the trees you could still see a good view through the foliage.  Bizarrely the sun was out and it was hot it started to rain!  Which is not good under trees – instead of sheltering they always seem to make it worse.

From 2009 – 13.07.2009 – South West Coast Path – Hele Bay to Ilfracombe Walk

Luckily the rain dispersed quickly.  The path got a little confusing at one point, mainly as it crosses with many public footpaths through this wood and the path has had a new diversion put in place – the new route made you climb even higher!

The path then bends around what seems to be a like a dead end, and just a view point.  A wonderful view of Ilfracombe – well worth the hike from Hele Bay.

From 2009 – 13.07.2009 – South West Coast Path – Hele Bay to Ilfracombe Walk

Past the view point, you have to go through a few more woods, and into open land. Such a change of scenery. The path again is bit tough to work out the route – particularly as the little acorn signs weren’t that helpful! A little guesswork was needed. On the way through Hillsborough I encountered a Helicopter display – sadly it was not a good one. Air Sea Rescue was attending a woman who had hurt herself – don’t worry she had the best care there!

From 2009 – 13.07.2009 – South West Coast Path – Hele Bay to Ilfracombe Walk

Then the walk winds around to Ilfracombe, past the Swimming Pool and through the harbour. Personally I think I lost the path and made this part of the route up – but never mind – got to Ilfracombe with no problems! Particularly to recover with a short trip to the Chocolate Museum and the lovely Chocolate buttons – yum

From 2009 – 13.07.2009 – South West Coast Path – Hele Bay to Ilfracombe Walk

All the photos from the walk –

2009 – 13.07.2009 – South West Coast Path – Hele Bay to Ilfracombe Walk

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