Lee Bay Beach
This wonderfully secluded beach regarded by some as 'the jewel in the crown of Lee' is located 2 miles West of Ilfracombe, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, along a toll road. You will find yourself bordered on three sides by rolling Devonshire countryside and on the fourth by the Bristol Channel. The rocky beach has an air or mystery, situated below the magnificent Lee Abbey, offering historic lime kilns and a monk's chapel. The picturesque village of Lee enjoys a maritime climate, heavily wooded in places offering some stunning local walks. During the flowering season, many of the village hedgerows are ablaze with the scarlet flowers causing Lee to be locally referred to as "Fuchsia Valley". However bathers should be aware there are no lifeguards and the area is known for its strong currents.
Toilets about ten minutes walk away
Exit the M5 at junction 27 and follow the A361 towards Barnstaple. Remain on the A361 passing through Tiverton, South Molton, Barnstaple and Braunton until you reach Ilfracombe.
Once in Ilfracombe, the road adjacent to the War Memorial is marked Barnstaple A361 and Lee. At the fork, take the right hand turning, Station Road. Turn left at the end of the road, which is signposted to Lee.
Continue along this road, (B3231). The road will begin to climb, and then descend. After a sharp left hand bend the road turns to the right signposted Lincombe Lee. The road passes through Lincombe and then descends the hill into Lee. Car parking can be found opposite the Church and at the edge of the Bay.
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VenueLee Bay Beach
Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 8LW
Map reference: SS 487463 Lat: 51.19590 Long: -4.16661
From Mullacott Cross, take the B3343 to Woolacombe and Mortehoe. About one and a quarter miles after leaving the roundabout look out for a fairly inconspicuous turning to the Right (it has recently been marked with some reflective posts) opposite the turning there is a sign Lee, Lincombe and Fuchsia Tea Rooms. Take this road, which is the B3231 continue along this road passing over a pretty bridge which at one time straddled the Barnstaple to Ilfracombe railway line. This obsolete line has been converted into a Footpath/Cycle track. There is a small car park adjacent to the bridge should one wish to explore the area. The path presents a pleasant walk or cycle into Ilfracombe passing the old reservoir en route.
After Borough Bridge continue along the road until a give way sign is reached. At this point turn left following the sign Lincombe Lee. The road passes through Lincombe and then descends the hill into Lee. Car parking can be found opposite the Church and at the edge of the Bay.