The South West Coast Path (SWCP) is a National Trail (630 miles) running all the way around the South West Coast from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset. The path is a mixture of rural and urban walks and runs right through Ilfracombe. The urban area of the trail runs from Granville Road/ The Torrs to the pathway above Rappareee Beach.
In early 2012 eight information boards were placed along the route of the urban trail. These are called interpretation boards as the information on them describes and interprets what you can see if you look up whilst reading the board. The boards proved extremely popular with locals and visitors alike and later in the year boards were also placed at the village of Lee and Hele Bay. Although not within the main seafront of Ilfracombe, Lee and Hele Bay are very much part of the town and both also lie along the route of the SWCP.
In order to make the route of the SWCP clearer brass footprints have been placed in the ground at every turning point along the urban trail.
The interpretation board project was supported by:
North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty www.explorethecoast.org
South West Coat Path www.southwestcoastpath.com
North Devon Council www.northdevon.gov.uk
Ilfracombe Marketing Group (Ilfracombe Town Council) www.theilfracombecentre.co.uk
Ilfracombe and District Tourism Association
The boards were designed by Fresh Bread Marketing www.fresh-bread.co.uk