You would think that living in North Devon we would know better than to venture to the coast on August Bank Holiday weekend! But no – we don’t care and went anyway!
We decided late morning that as the sun was shining and no work was happening, we should go back to Mortehoe and walk around the coast path to Lee Bay. A six mile round trip – very doable on such a lovely day. We changed into shorts and running tops, packed water bottles, jelly beans and cameras onto our running belts, and off we set.
I had hoped that by the time we set off, most people would have got where they were going, but that was not the case. The road through Braunton was one big traffic queue. Loads of people going places! We headed up to Morthoe and into the one small car park. It didn’t take a genius to work out it was full. We turned around and headed off to Lee Bay – hoping to park there and walk the other way.
The road to Lee Bay was long, steep and very single track! We are used to lanes, but not when you get so much traffic! Lee Bay is tiny, pretty, but tiny.
It was close to high tide, so not much beach and not a single shop or cafe.
The car park was also full, so we headed off to Ilfracombe – no problem parking there, or finding coffee. There are more Tea Shops in Ilfracombe than the whole of Devon I swear! We first headed though the tunnels to the beach.
They were dug through the rock in Victorian days and lead to two separate beaches – the Ladies Beach, and the Gentleman’s Beach. Obviously to stop the men seeing the ladies in their bathing suits! Happily you can use either now!
Then we walked to the harbour.
Where we had coffee and cake (lunch!) at Damian Hirst’s place.
Had a look around the Lifeboat Station as it was an open day –
Finally a long walk through the town back to the car. Not quite the walk we had planned, but very enjoyable anyway!
Home and I made burgers with salad for dinner – boy were they welcome! I need a sit down now, and to decide what to do tomorrow – I love free days off!
Have a marvellous Monday!