Walk - Lantern Hill, Ilfracombe

0.2 miles (0.3 km)

Lantern Hill (Cheyne) Car Park, Ilfracombe - EX34 9EQ Lantern Hill (Cheyne) Car Park, Ilfracombe

Easy - There are two levels along the walk with the footpath flattening off at the base of the Chapel where there is a viewing and information area. There are then narrow steps or an alternative steep footpath leading up to the Chapel.

Lantern Hill is located above the Quay at Ilfracombe harbour. At the top is St Nicholas's Chapel which is a seamen's chapel dating from the 14th century. This is an easy circular walk up to and around St Nicholas's Chapel giving lovely views of Ilfracombe harbour.

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.

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.

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.

Harcourt Hotel

A small licensed dog-friendly guesthouse, with a friendly, home from home environment offering bed & breakfast, in very close proximity to all amenities, including the Coast Path.

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.

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

Little Meadow Campsite, Ilfracombe

Small, uncommercial campsite situated above Watermouth Harbour just a few minutes walk from the Coast path. Beautiful views, hot showers and baked pastries every morning.

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.

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

Sandaway Beach Holiday Park

Situated on a cliff's edge with breathtaking sea views. There's a stepped path to the private 'Mermaid's Cove' beach, perfect for fishing & dolphin spotting. Relax and eat at Smuggler's Bar and take in the incredible views. Just 1 mile from the Path.

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.

Combe Martin Beach Holiday Park

Combe Martin Beach Holiday Park offers a haven of peace in a picturesque valley, including a woodland walk and natural surroundings for children to roam free and the best sea views in North Devon. Clubhouse with restaurant and bar on-site.

Seaweed

Seaweed, a three-bedroom dog friendly holiday home in Combe Martin comfortably accommodates up to six guests, only a stone's throw from beach, and just a short walk from the South West Coast Path.

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

Sea Vista

Detached Cottage just off the Path, 3 double bedrooms, 2.5 bath, 2 x lounges. Lots of parking, close to amenities yet in a quiet location

Willingcott Valley Holiday Village

Outstanding self-catering cottages set in 100-acre estate with stunning views, ponds and walks. Ideal for families/large groups. Heated pool & clubhouse on-site.2 miles to beach and Path.

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.

Byron Apartments

A selection of luxury seaside apartments, with fantastic on-site facilities including a swimming pool and gym, set in the heart of popular resort of Woolacombe, ideally placed to explore the South West Coast Path.

What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Woolacombe Tourist Information

Check out all the information you need for enjoying the Woolacombe & Morthoe area at this award winning TIC.

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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.

Lantern Hill is located above the Quay at Ilfracombe harbour. At the top is St Nicholas's Chapel which is a seamen's chapel dating from the 14th century. It is known to have been used as a lighthouse at the time of Henry V111 and the present lantern tower was added around 1800.

The 1839 Stranger’s Guide written by Edwin Lammas states: "The principal room of this building is opened during the summer months, for the accommodation of the public, as a reading room, supported by subscription; where the gentlemen amuse themselves by reading the newspaper, and the ladies by scribbling in a scrap-book kept for the purpose".

White's Devonshire Directory of 1850  notes that "Lantern Rock, rising nearly to a point, and having on its conical summit a light house, which is 140 feet above low water mark, was formerly a chapel."

At the last meeting of the Ilfracombe Manorial Court on Saturday 11th December 1858, at which the Lord of the Manor of Ilfracombe, Sir Bouchier Wrey held the chair, the following was reported: "....the gentlemen of the jury then proceeded to the lighthouse, and to the great credit of Mr. John Davie, the careful keeper of that important pharos, they found the lantern, reflectors and everything connected with the service in excellent order".

In 1895 the Ilfracombe Gazette and Observer noted: "The building is a very ancient one; was originally a chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas, and a place of pilgrimage - one bishop granting an indulgence of forty days to all who should visit the said capellum Sancti Nicholia. The mark of another superstition still remains on it; the horse-shoe, which our forefathers and foremothers believed would prevent the curse of the witch from taking effect,...."

There is a large pay and display car park at the end of the Quay just below Lantern Hill. There are accessible parking bays available although all users have to pay for parking.

  1. Leave the car park at the north west end by Lantern Hill. As this is a circular walk, visitors can choose which direction to go, this guide turns left from the entrance and follows a clockwise direction.

This is a circular walk up to and around St Nicholas's Chapel giving lovely views of Ilfracombe harbour. The majority of the walk has gradients of approx 20% (1:5). The paths have good tarmacadam surfaces and are generally 2 metres wide, smooth and well maintained. There are few handrails along the path but there are numerous benches and seats available.

  1. There are two levels along the walk with the footpath levelling off at the base of the Chapel where there is a viewing and information area. There are then narrow steps or an alternative steep footpath leading up to the Chapel. The chapel has a very narrow approach and steps into the main entrance.

For more information about the route please download and print out the easy access pdf from phototrail.org.

Public transport

The local Ilfracombe and Barnstaple buses all stop at the approach to the Quay in St James Place some 300m from Lantern Hill. 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

Large pay and display car park (Cheyne) adjacent to Lantern Hill on the Western side of the Quay.

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