Tunnels beaches, Ilfracombe

As beaches go, they don’t come much quirkier than Tunnels beaches in Ilfracombe. Welsh miners dug through the cliffs in the 1820s to provide access to the beaches here, and a tidal pool provides the opportunity for safer swimming.

It was a bit brisk when we visited, so I didn’t swim in the tidal pool, but the rockpools here are fantastic for clambering round with your fishing net and bucket.

Because Tunnels beaches are privately owned, there is a small fee for entry which feels a bit odd, but I’d say it’s worth it for a unique experience.

Just by the entrance is a lovely cafe, with a playground and indoor playhut. We’d spotted this and returned on another day when it rained. £2 gave CJ one hour to play whilst we had a brew. Can’t say fairer.

I’d recommend Tunnels beaches come rain or shine or, as more commonly happens in the UK, mildy miserable greyness.

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