Ilfracombe & Lee

Tuesday 13 May. The leaflet for today’s walk suggested that it would be 6.7 miles. I’d measured it using my mapping software and thought that it would be about 8 miles. In reality it turned out to be 8.9 miles with a total ascent of 2,150ft. It was a walk of three parts which saw us descend to sea level at Ilfracombe, climb to 550ft on the SWCP, descend again to sea level at Lee and then climb again to 600ft back to the car.

There was an easy start as we followed the route of the disused railway line for 3.5 miles down into Ilfracombe where we stopped for coffee.

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The climbing then began in earnest as we picked up the SWCP out of Ilfracombe. It was hard work but we were rewarded by magnificent views.

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After 3 miles of coast walking we stopped for lunch at Lee. There is an extremely narrow and steep access road but it is one that I wouldn’t want to use and it is best approached on foot.

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Leaving Lee, we followed a lovely woodland path climbing gently at first through Borough Valley. The really hard work came when we had to exit the valley on a steep stepped path which included a climb of 600ft. Coming at the end of the walk this was harder than we had wanted.

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It was a tough but varied walk with lots of ups and downs as can be seen from the route profile.

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