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Hele beach, Devon

Hele or Hele Bay beach lies on the North Devon coast between Combe Martin and Ilfracombe.

It is sheltered by the headlands of Beacon Point and Rillage Point. Northwest facing, the gently shelving beach is easily accessible and is a mixture of grey/yellow sand and shingle, with low rocky platforms.

Situated just to the east of Ilfracombe, Hele Bay beach lies adjacent to the Hillsborough Nature Reserve and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beach is family friendly and there are several rock pools to explore at low tide. Dogs are allowed under control.

As for facilities, a car park, toilets, shops, café and pub all lie within easy walking distance.

For keen ramblers, the South West Coast Path runs bhind the beach heading west over Hillsborough to Ilfracombe or east towards Watermouth and Combe Martin.




 Sandy beach

 Dogs permitted

 Easily accessible

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Family friendly

OS Explorer Map OL9: Exmoor

OS Explorer Map OL9: Exmoor

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Braunton and Lynton.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Combe Martin, Mortehoe, Ilfracombe and Braunton.

Nearby Attractions




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