Walk - Hillsborough's Sleeping Elephant
1.4 miles (2.3 km)
Hele Bay car park - EX34 9QZ Hele Bay car park
Moderate - Coast path and public footpath. Some rocky uneven, slippery and muddy patches.
A short but demanding walk around Ilfracombe's Hillsborough Nature Reserve, known locally as 'The Sleeping Elephant'. There are far-reaching views to Lundy Island in one direction and the South Wales coast in the other. Hillsborough also has a bird's-eye view of Ilfracombe, where Damien Hirst's 'Verity' watches over the harbour, along with a fourteenth century chapel and the Landmark Theatre (nicknamed 'Madonna's Bra'). There are Iron Age ramparts around the summit of the hill, and its variety of habitats encourages a wide range of wildlife, including peregrines and nesting seabirds. Children will love exploring the paths around the hill, and the beach at the bottom.
It is also good for dogs as it passes a beach and pubs where dogs are welcome. Have a look at our Top Dog Walks on the South West Coast Path for more dog friendly beaches and pubs.