Ilfracombe's beauty spots

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By Ilf_Peeps | Friday, September 30, 2011, 10:05

Ilfracombe's notorious "fish stink" visitor David Copp attempted to defend his claims to the North Devon Journal last week by branding Ilfracombe a "dump" and the Harbour "a complete joke"

Mr Copp also stated that anyone who thought that Ilfracombe was picturesque needed to go to specsavers. He referred to The Daily Telegraph's take on the story which described Ilfracombe as picturesque. Mr Copp said: "If they call that picturesque they need their eyes tested, it's a complete dump, the high street and the top of the town is a complete dump, I suggest they need to go to Specsavers. The harbour and the pier area is the best part of the town, I don't mean to be rude, but I really do think the top part of the town is scruffy."  


After hearing these comments Ilfracombe People decided it was high time we fought back and highlighted just some of the stunning local beauty spots our town has to offer.

The Tunnels Beaches is one of the most unique and fascinating family beaches in the country. Featured on BBC TV's Coast as well as in numerous national media the beaches feature the eponymous historical hand-carved tunnels, a tidal pool, one of the most breathtaking beachfront wedding venues in the UK, and have been rated the 3rd best beach for rock pooling in the UK by BBC Wildlife Magazine.


Other stunning beauty spots in Ilfracombe include the unrivalled scenery; the dramatic views of the town from Hillsborough, the immaculately maintained Runnymede gardens and bandstand, the bluebell woodlands at the Cairn Nature Reserve, the open and spacious coastline along the top of the Torrs with sensational views of Lundy and Bull Point, as well as the striking views you are rewarded with after making the climb to the top of Capstone Hill. Need I go on?


Finally, did Mr Copp visit the Cow Green Community Garden, just steps from our High street that he described as a "dump"? A fantastically successful community project that shows the pride us locals take in our town, that has just been awarded Level 4 "Thriving" status in the RHS It's Your neighbourhood Awards. Not to mention the fact that Ilfracombe won a gold award in the South West in Bloom competition 2011. Would we really have received these accolades if the town was as "scruffy" as Mr Copp claims?


Ilfracombe Town Council has also defended the unique charm and appeal of our town, in particular the High Street which was particularly singled out and criticised by Mr Copp. "We don't have a Specsavers in Ilfracombe" said Cllr Philip Webb, chair of Ilfracombe Tourism Marketing Group, "and we don't want one. What we do have are two independent local opticians, who give an extremely personal service. We also have a traditional independent butcher, a speciality baker, a chocolatier, florist, traditional haberdasher, fashion boutique, art, furniture, music and book shops - all independent and unique. And it's not just shops, we have cafes, hairdressers, beauticians, a gym, an indoor market and a cinema on our High Street. Not many places can claim all that!"


Which are your favourite local beauty spots in Ilfracombe? Let everyone know how pretty our town is by adding your favourite picturesque place in the comments box below. 



  • Profile image for skareggae72

    For real peace and seclusion you really need the next beach over from Rapparee (although watch the TIDES!).A 3minute scrambe along boulders will take you there,at the end of that beach is a cave which will take you into a deep hidden ravine.I have never seen the bottom of the deep water filled gulley even on a mega low tide,so be careful!

    By skareggae72 at 16:39 on 07/10/11

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    I like the views and the quiet and seclusion of Rapparee. It's a beautiful unspoilt cove away from the madding crowds with a fascinating history.

    By sailorgirl99 at 14:02 on 07/10/11

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    That last paragraph is one of the reasons I love this town (sounding like a local, but I'm not) it's all the independent outlets on the high street, and a high street that each time I visit looks like it's thriving without the need for the characterless national chains that seem to worm their way into every high street and renders it 'just another highstreet'.
    Ilfracombe is the best town I've been to in the UK.

    By Khaizarana at 02:54 on 05/10/11

  • Profile image for topsyturvy65

    Obviously Mr Copp didn't appreciate our local nature, wildlife and beautiful coastline. Ilfracombe is an area of outstanding natural beauty and by no stretch of the imagination can it be called a "dump".

    By topsyturvy65 at 19:10 on 30/09/11

  • Profile image for devondaisy

    Bicclescombe park is also gorgeous at every time of year in Combe-and didn't they win an award this year too?

    By devondaisy at 18:43 on 30/09/11

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