Bath Place Ilfracombe EX34 8AN 01271 879 882
Victorian Welsh miners bored tunnels through the slate hills to open up these privately owned beaches, and they’re as much a tourist attraction today as they were for visitors in the 1830s. There’s Blue Flag bathing in the natural pools here and kids should always bring their shrimp nets – BBC Wildlife magazine nominated this shore in Britain’s top three for rock-pooling. It's not just sea-life, however, peregrine falcons famously nest in the area and can sometimes be seen attacking pesky seagulls in midair above the beach! A picturesque spot broken up by rugged coastal features, perfect for relaxing and bathing.
The Tunnels Beaches are a magical place for kids and couples alike. I had always wanted to visit after reading an article on the business years ago in Eve magazine. The business has now expanded, weddings are very popular, the café bar is very cool, they have indoor and outdoor play areas and accommodation is also available. We visited a few years ago, during our camping trip at Little Meadow campsite. We had a very pleasant afternoon, sunbathing and picnicking on the rocks, and swimming in the tidal pool. This part of Devon doesn’t really have sandy beaches, so this is a nice, safe place to spend some time by the sea. I dream of getting married here!
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