Walk - Capstone Hill

0.4 miles (0.7 km)

Landmark Theatre - EX34 9BX Landmark Theatre

Easy - Capstone Hill has a circular walk which for the most part is level or has minimal gradients. The walk is at a low level round the base of the hill.

Capstone Hill is a large outcrop of rock reaching out to sea, which lies between the Landmark Theatre and the harbour in Ilfracombe.

To check that this walk is suitable for you click here where you can find additional mapping and photographs showing gradients, path surfaces, and other detailed information.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Ocean Backpackers

Quality independent Youth hostel with large self catering kitchen, communal lounge and dining room. Private en-suite rooms and dorms. Open from April to November.

Avoncourt Lodge

Simple light and airy B&B with full breakfast, ensuite baths, honesty bar and drying room on SW Coastal Pathway, Ilfracombe. Dog friendly

Collingdale Guest House

Award winning Guest House directly on SWCP with stunning views of Ilfracombe Harbour. Minutes to the Moors, Seconds to the Sea. Book direct for best rates.

Fisherman's Cottage

Cosy Fisherman's Cottage is just 50 yards from the Coast Path and sleeps up to 4 adults in two bedrooms. Well-equipped and with sea views.

Sunnymead Farm Camping & Touring Site

Small friendly family run site, 4 AA Pennant, stunning views, dogs welcome FOC, hot showers, EHU's, large level pitches, play area, bus stop

Marlyn B&B

We've three en-suites with fine bedding, good food, views and 3 nearby pubs. Parking and coast road buses for break days and longer stays.

Stowford Farm Meadows

Stowford Farm Meadows is a superb family friendly camping & caravan site, from which to explore the best of North Devon. Indoor Swimming Pool

Newberry Beach Lodge

A pebbles throw from the award winning Newberry & Combe Martin beaches, local pubs and cafes. Enjoy a soak in a roll-top bath after a day's walking!

Mellstock House B&B

A free pick up/drop off service is available to the Coast Path, we offer boot trays, drying room, laundry service, packed lunches, cosy bar and evening meals. All our rooms are en-suite and have TV/DVD, tea/coffee etc with free WIFI.

Blair Lodge

Quiet location overlooking the bay. 100m gentle walk from the Path, beach, pubs and shops. Evening meals available. Comfy Bar. Wifi. Parking. Tel: 01271 882294

Little Roadway Farm Camping Park, Woolacombe

Family-friendly campsite nestled on the edge of the beautiful North Devon coast. Glamping Pods, Caravans & Self Cottages also available. Shop/Takeaway in high season

Marine House B&B

We are a small modern B&B in the center of Woolacombe, just 2 minutes walk from the beach and the South West Coast path.

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Route Description

This walk is one of a series of walks to be found at www.phototrails.org The website aims "to help everyone discover and enjoy access to the countryside, tailored to their own needs and preferences." It is run by the Fieldfare Trust who work with people with disabilities and countryside managers to improve access to the countryside for everyone.

Although now North Devon's largest holiday town, Ilfracombe has its origins in Saxon times and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. During the medieval period it had two centres, around the church and around the harbour. It was important as a fishing harbour and commercial port and there was a quay here in the Middle Ages.

Ilfracombe began to develop as a holiday resort in the early 1800s, although it was the coming of the railway in the 1870s which really marked the beginning of the town's large-scale expansion. As a result of this it is now one of Devon's best examples of a town dominated by Victorian architecture.

Henry Williamson, author of Tarka the Otter, lived in a cottage on the left-hand side of Capstone Road towards the end of his life, from the mid 1950s until 1976. He used the Royal Britannia as his local.

There are superb views from the top of Capstone Hill along the coast, but this is also a superb location to look over Ilfracombe. As noted earlier, much of the town dates from Victorian times, when it grew rapidly as a holiday resort, but some of the prominent sea-facing terraces are earlier, from the 1830s, when it began to develop as a select resort.

  1. Capstone Hill has a circular walk which for the most part is level or has minimal gradients. The walk is at a low level round the base of the hill.

More details can be found at the Capstone Hill walk page on the Phototrails website.

Public transport

Local Ilfracombe and Barnstaple bus services. 3,21a,30,31,32,35,300,& 302. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

Parking

The Landmark Theatre Carpark parks 51 & 48 spaces with additional 7 accessible bays available, all near to Capstone Hill. Postcode for Sat navs - EX34 9BX

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