Sitting on the rugged North Devon coast, nestled between the rolling hills of Exmoor and the Atlantic, is the seaside resort of Ilfracombe.
The area was occupied in the Iron age by the Dumnonii tribe, some of the first British occupants of Devon and Cornwall, who developed a defensive hill fort on Hillborough, a hill high above the present-day harbour. The banks and ditches of the fort, one of the largest in North Devon, are still visible today. The area around the fort is now a nature reserve, and known locally as the sleeping elephant!
These days Ilfracombe is one of north Devon’s main holiday resorts, attracting visitors with its picturesque harbour, Victorian architecture which dates from its heyday when the railway arrived in the town, and the beautiful Exmoor scenery which encircles the town. On the top of the hill in the middle of the main photo above is Ilfracombe’s oldest building – St Nicholas chapel, which was first recorded as a lighthouse is 1522.
In more recent times, Ilfracombe has become famous (or infamous depending on your point of view!) for its statue of Verity - a 20m stainless steel and bronze statue created by the controversial artist Damien Hirst.