Travels to Ilfracombe
Just got back from travelling around Ilfracombe and north Devon, I’ve always loved being in Devon and Cornwall but never spent much time in the last few years in the North, I’ve mostly kept to the south and in areas like Paignton and Mevagissey so decided this time to head North and it’s just as lovely as last time I was there.
Getting to Ilfracombe has few options, you can fly to Bristol and then travel by car the rest of the way, unfortunately the train line was destroyed years go, by stupid politicians in Government
Google Maps – Not far from Bristol and on good days you can see Wales
The first few days was getting our bearings again and exploring Ilfracombe, what I love is that over the centuries it’s kept his history and heritage and is fantastic to view today, we spend our first morning at a “hidden” beach that was originally created back in Victorian times and is still open today, we only got to see half of it sadly due to a wedding but can’t fault having a wedding with views like that! It’s a lovely, quiet and private beach where if your not careful the sea can creep up on you and soak your sock and trainers…yeah that happened to me
The streets were narrow and pubs were all unqiue and had something of their own about them, we called the Ship Inn our home due to the sports channels and welcoming atmosphere. The following few days were spend travelling outside of Ilfracombe to the neighbouring towns, one of the first places I wanted to see again we Cleveley, if you ever in the area you MUST GO! It’s an old village that hasn’t changed, you have to walk down cobbled streets, no cars are allowed or even able to make it down and on the way you can look inside the homes and how life is and was back then. At the very bottom is a hotel you can stay in and next time I’m in the area, I will be cause it’s got fantastic views and can only imagine how beautiful it is sitting at the bottom in an evening and enjoying the view. If you go along the shore you reach a waterfall which was too cold to go under but still tried to get close and feel the water splash on me.
Later in the week we went to Lynton and Lynmouth, it had been years again since I last visited but wanted to see the cable cars again (and ride them!) they were originally set up in the Victorian times due to the fact Lynton and Lynmouth were disconnected for years and had to be two separate towns but eventually human engineering created the cable cars which allowed people and goods to transport between the two towns and luckily they are still operating today in very the same way (except more tourist than goods now).
One of the hidden gems for me in Lynton and Lynmouth is Glen Lyn Gorge, it’s a fantastic forest hidden in a valley, after passing the generator that was used to process the water from the valley to power the town in the old days, you’d think you’ve been transported to another area as there is little noise except the sound of the water flowing past, you can take 5 and appreciate the peacefulness along with the flood lines on the wall opposite which is quite nerve wracking when it’s about 3 times taller than me.
One of our final few days was spent in Exmoor National Park, similar to the Peak District or Lake District, it’s a vass area of grass and streams where you can follow footpaths and just escape “city life”, I love a nice walk around areas like this as it’s helps to just switch my brain off and take time to think how far you’ve come.
Personally think it’s a great shot minus me looking at the camera like an idiot
If you ever get the chance to come to Ilfracombe I strongly recommend it, drop us an picture or message and let us know what you think?