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Lee & Lincombe

 

Nestled on the North Devon coast are the picturesque villages of Lee and Lincombe, sitting directly inbetween Ilfracombe and Woolacombe, both of which are within walking distance along the stunning coastal paths.

A sheltered, peaceful and charming refuge, the villages sit within an area known as the ''Fuchsia Valley'' - such is the abundance of these vivid flowers in this steeply wooded combe. There are many more fine examples of Victorian-style planting as well as mossy woods and dramatic cliffs. Two particularly well-tended gardens are often open to the public under the Nation Gardens Scheme.

The quiet main road and occasional footpaths take you on a winding trip down the steep valley, past Pixie Meadow where local fairs are held, adjoining the Lee Village Memorial Hall, site of the annual Lee Village Flower Show, and St Matthew's Church – a beautiful little chapel built in 1835. Directly next door sits The Old Schoolroom Craft Gallery has a charming little gift shop supplying holiday gifts as well as refreshments.

Past the recently renovated Old Maids Cottage, the road meanders onwards and downwards and - if you're walking - heads left down the footpath taking you past the local pub, The Grampus Inn, which is dog-friendly and serves real ales and food throughout the year. Seasonal tea rooms elsewhere around the villages are also available during the busier months.

Finally, the valley sides drop away and the dramatic jagged rocks of Lee Bay are revealed - a perfect spot for kayaking, swimming, and for children to go rock pooling, yet there's sand - and secret beaches too - if you get the tides just right.

There is a car park next to Lee Village Memorial Hall, currently £2.50 for the day. There are walking routes either via the Torrs from Ilfracombe or from Mortehoe and Bull Point. Public toilets are available on the footpath from the bay during holiday times.