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Ilfracombe - Hele Beach Beach

Ilfracombe, Devon

Hele Bay is a small cove in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty sheltered from prevailing winds with free car parking and toilets all within easy walking distance. Beach access is via a slipway (wheelchair access difficult).

Beach Type

Sand and shingle


First aid post
Wildlife reserve
Toilets and camping site


Sea canoeing
Jet skiing and windsurfing

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned regularly by North Devon District Council four times a week during peak season. both manually and mechanically. and litter bins are provided. Dogs are allowed all year round and dog litter bins are also provided.

Tourist Information

Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre The Landmark The Seafront Ilfracombe Tel: 0845 4583630


Nearest town: Ilfracombe
County: Devon
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2112, -4.09691
Postcode: EX34 9QZ
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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Hele is in North Devon. just over a mile from Ilfracombe on the A399 towards Combe Martin and about one hour drive from M5.

Public Transport

The nearest bus station is in Ilfracombe and nearest train station is in Barnstaple.

Nearest Railway Stations

Barnstaple (Approx. 10 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There is no car park specifically for the beach. although around 80 Pay and Display spaces are available for general use.

Nearby Car Parks

Hele, Hele (Long stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Haggington, Hele (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Hillsborough, Ilfracombe (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Larkstone Lane, Ilfracombe (Long stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Pier, Ilfracombe (Short stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Marine Drive, Ilfracombe (Long stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Cove, Ilfracombe (Short stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Oxford Grove, Ilfracombe (Long stay).
About 1.1 miles away
Jubilee Gardens, Ilfracombe (Short stay).
About 1.1 miles away
High Street, Ilfracombe (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Ilfracombe