Runnymede Gardens

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I spent a few days with my son in Ilfracombe. The weather was very cold, very windy and very wet, but we managed to get around and see plenty. My main reason for going there was to visit my father's grave in Mortehoe. Mortehoe is on the tip of the North Devon coast. The area all around is National Trust property which says it all. Beautiful countryside. In Mortehoe there is a Heritage Museum, a small old well in an alcove,a wide bay, a very well kept caravan site,coastal walks, towards Woolacombe with it's vast stretch of sand, Barrican Bay next door, with an array of rocks covered in sea creatures and beautiful shells brought in via the Gulf stream. In the opposite direction, heading north, is the Bull Lighthouse (which my ancestor operated from),and noted for it's many shipwrecks , then there is a lovely coastal path via Lee Valley back to Ilfracombe. Beyond Ilfracombe is Berrynarbour with a small waterfall, and another high walk through a wooded landscape towards Combe Martin with it's very long main street. In Ilfracombe itself there are the Runnymede gardens, a most interesting little museum, a tunnel walk to a special bay with it's own attractions, a lantern hill. a cinema and a theatre, Our hotel overlooked the bay. The town is quite busy with many good shops, plenty of hotels, restaurants, even amusement arcades, and the first week of June they have a Victorian Week with special attractions, Buses go from the bus station to quite distant places. On certain days there are cruises to Lundy Island.There is a mini golf course,in fact most things to make an enjoyable holiday.

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