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What do you love about Ilfracombe?

Where country meets town and where town meets the sea

We love Ilfracombe so much, we have been coming for nearly 30 years. The people are so friendly, and kindly accommodate or supply meals and refreshing cups of tea and the occasional glass of wine or maybe a shandy. Ilfracombe is unique. It is where country meets town and where town meets the sea. All the three ingredients of a holiday in one. Country and coastal walks. Lazy days just strolling round town shopping or a breezy stroll round Capstone.

The harbour, too, has its own fascination. Sit and watch the tide come and go. Take a trip around the bays, see the majesty of the Hangman cliffs from the water, instead of climbing to their heights, looking on a clear day as far as the eye can see to Wales. Or sail past the Torrs, Lee Bay, Morte Point.

For the more adventurous, the summer visitor can sail-a-way on the paddle steamer 'The Waverley' or on 'The Oldenburg' across the bay to Lundy. See the puffins, spot the seals. Send a card or a letter with the Lundy stamp on.

Then just as we thought we had seen it and done it all, we discovered a caravan park right down by the sea. Opening the curtains to such a view of the closeness to the sea, was an experience we shall never forget. Then to walk over Hillsborough from Hele and back into Ilfracombe. To sit and ponder at the top of Hillsborough and look down on the dear little town of Ilfracombe. Morning, noon or night is the ultimate experience, especially if there is a beautiful sunset. Need we say anymore?

Malcolm & Christine Holland, Sheffield

Created 10/2/99