This rewarding walk combines some of the best of the South West Coast Path in North Devon with woodland and windswept farmland surrounding ancient farms. Of particular interest are the coastal heathlands, where hardy plants such as gorse and heather survive battering from Atlantic weather and centuries of use by man to create a unique landscape.
The present building probably dates from the 16th or 17th century but there is evidence of an earlier, medieval building. Its stout walled construction may suggest fortification against attack.
The lighthouse was built in 1879 in response to complaints from “clergy, ship owners, merchants and landowners” to the Trinity House Brethren asking for a lighthouse and stating that the “barbarous conduct of lawless wreckers caused much loss of life and property”.
Limited bus service from Ilfracombe to Lee (DevonBus 305). For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.
Lee Bay (Postcode for Sat Navs: EX34 8LR).