Like Cornwall, Devon has a lovely coast on both the Bristol Channel in the north and the English Channel in the south with the fine moorlands of the Exmoor National Park and the Dartmoor National Park
Ilfracombe, the largest resort on the north coast, grew up around an ancient fishing village in the 19th century. The town is built on a series of terraces which rise up from the shore. There are many coves with rocky outcrops together with a few sandy beaches.
The above photograph taken from Hillsborough courtesy of Wikipedia and Adrian Pingstone,
The harbour is dominated by a large rocky outcrop, known as Lantern Hill, on which stands the medieval chapel of St Nicholas.
The rocky crag upon which this tiny chapel stands, Lantern Hill,was probably so named before this chapel was built c1300-1325. St Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors and the chapel is the ideal place for a lantern, said to be the oldest in the country, in its tower to guide ships into the harbour and also a place for those watching for the return a vessel maybe caught in a storm This chapel would have originally served the mariners and their families in the little houses around the harbour but fell into disuse at the Dissolution. Between 1835 and 1871, a John Davey lived in the chapel with his wife and 14 children where he was the lighthouse keeper. Much neglected, the chapel was restored in 1962 and is now open to the public
Looking both ways from Lantern Hill the views are spectacular
The sloping streets of the old town.
The Olde Thatched Inn high above the harbour
West of the harbour there is a level area and small park at the foot of
Capstone Hill which leads to the spectacular Landmark Theatre.
The award winning Landmark Theatre of unusual conical design was built on the site of a fire stricken Victorian theatre. Somewhat controversal it is known locally as Madonna's Bra.
Spectacular views are to be had from the top of Capstone Hill which is easily attainable via a series of footpaths.
On the top, a poignant sculpture of a young girl relates to the sad tale of Kate Frolov who fell to her death on Hillsborough seen beyond the picture.
The curious architecture of a striking white building at Combe Martin results from the whim of a 17th century landowner, Squire George Ley, who apparently had a handsome win at cards. He built this pub with his winnings, to resemble a pack of cards and named it The Pack of Cards Inn. In keeping with the theme, this unusual building has 4 floors, 13 doors and 52 windows.
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The railway, which dates to 1888 comprises two cars each carrying 40 passengers, which are joined by a continuous cable running round a pulley at the end of the incline. Each car has a 700 gallon water tank under the floor and water is discharged from the lower car until the heavier top car begins to descend with control by a brakeman in each car.
The Suspension Bridge at Saltash crosses the River Taymar, the boundary between Devon and Cornwall.
St Saviour's Church at Dartmouth preserves a very fine medieval door