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Tunnels Beaches

'The Tunnels' is the collective name for a unique and multifaceted attraction in the popular seaside town of Ilfracombe, where a network of hand-carved tunnels lead through the rock face and out to several sheltered beaches and tidal Victorian bathing pools. The access tunnels were dug way back in 1823, and they have become a famous feature of the town – indeed the BBC's Wildlife magazine recently voted it as one of the best rockpooling spots in Britain.

Now, before we get over excited, it is very important to note that dogs aren't actually allowed on the beaches here (you have to pay and pass through a turnstile to access the tunnels), but they are permitted into the rest of the site. Brilliantly, this means that you can take your four-legged friend sea kayaking (although they will have to stay on the lead), as the Tunnels offer boats for hire and also allow you to bring your own. Kayaking between the rocks that lay just offshore adds up to one of the more unusual and fun dog day afternoons possible on this ever-surprising coast.

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