Bath Place Ilfracombe EX34 8AN
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.