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Lee Bay Beach, Ilfracombe

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Lee Bay or just Lee is a small village on the North Devon coast near Woolacombe. Lee is situated on the rugged and inhospitable stretch of coast between Ilfracombe and Woolacombe, which includes Bull Point (with its lighthouse) and Morte Point, both notorious for shipwrecks in earlier times, and both on the South West Coast Path.
The village of Lee lies at the foot of what is known locally as the Fuchsia Valley, and consists of around 100 properties, mostly old in style. The village centre is about a 350m from the sea, and is linked to the area around the bay by a road and level footpath. Lee is served by a combined pub, post office and shop, The Grampus; also by St Matthew's Church, by a gift/craft shop operating from the old schoolroom adjoining the church, and by the Lee Bay Hotel. As of 2009, the hotel was closed, and is being used by the police as a dog training centre.
Around the bay area are the hotel (visible as the main building in the picture) and some 10 privately owned properties. Up to the late 1980s, several of these were in use as tea rooms, restaurants and gift shops.
The beach has a very gentle slope. As the tide goes out an expanse of sand emerges from among the rocks, as does a way through the cliffs westwards round to a large shingle beach called Sandy Cove or Bath Beach. This beach is also accessible from the coastal path via a National Trust-maintained path and staircase down the cliff face.
As the tide recedes further it becomes possible to scramble eastwards from Lee Bay over and round rocks and through pools to reach Broadoar, a mainly sandy beach, although it is possible to become trapped by incoming tides.
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  • Shame the pub wasn't open - old pub hours still in existance - but hey ho a great trip in the pouring rain!  more »
  • The car park for Lee Bay is just outside the village, on the left hand side. There is an honesty box with a suggested donation of £5, which we thought was very fair. From here, turn left out of the....  more »
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  • Stunning little cove. Rocky beach but once you get out swimming is good, dunster recommend some type of footwear. There was a significant current taking us out though on the left hand side though
  • This is a lovely little cove,with lots of rock pools for the children. And if you walk in between the cliffs, and rocks you will find even more. If you carry on you will come to a small beach. If you cannot face walking back there is a staircase on the small beach, quite steep but will also get you out of trouble if you forgot the time and the tide was coming in.
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