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Walk the Elephant in Ilfracombe

  • Ilfracombe Harbour The Pier, The Quay, Ilfracombe, EX34 9EQ
Start & Finish: Out and back from Ilfracombe Harbour.

Start your stroll from the impressive feet of Ilfracombe's newest and most eye-popping feature, Damien Hirst's 66-feet-high statue of a very pregnant Verity. Wander across the sands of The Quay, through the heads of Ilfracombe harbour and cross Larkstone Beach towards the Hillsborough headland. Ascend the flanks of the hillside, known locally as The Sleeping Elephant, and climb to the top of the hill, where you'll score fantastic views out over Beacon Point and also back towards Ilfracombe (Verity looks particularly impressive from up here, especially with the 14th century chapel behind her).

From here, explore the myriad paths that crisscross the hillside, all around the little summit, where points of interest include the remains of Iron Age ramparts. Dog-friendly places to grab a post-walk bite to eat include The Quay, Adele's Cafe, the Ship & Pilot Inn, the George & Dragon and The Kings Arms. This short walk can be enjoyed all year around, but try and set off at low tide, when access to the Larkstone Beach via the Harbour and Quay is easiest, and when your dog will have the most space to run around in.

Length: 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres)

Difficulty: Easy

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