Walk - Ilfracombe and the Torrs
3.2 miles (5.2 km)
Ilfracombe Quay - EX34 9EQ Ilfracombe Quay
Challenging - On pavements, lanes, tracks and a stretch of fairly rugged coastal path, with some steep gradients both up and down.
Once a fishing village, dating from Saxon times, Ilfracombe's particular popularity as a fashionable seaside resort was established in 1874, when the railway arrived. Although recent innovations such as the Landmark Theatre and Damien Hirst's 'Verity' statue have won it international acclaim, the Victorian flavour remains. Any walk around the town features steep gradients, but the magnificent cliff scenery towering above the picturesque harbour makes it worth the effort. This route travels through a long wooded valley to The Torrs, a rugged area also known as 'The Seven Hills' with tremendous views across the Bristol Channel.