Walk the Ilfracombe Torrs

Walking trail

The twisting and turning zig-zag walk to the top of the Ilfracombe Torrs was carved into the cliff face by the Victorians. Follow in their footsteps and be rewarded with fantastic views of the coastline and Ilfracombe.

Historic era of Ilfracombe, Devon in watercolour painting


Map route for Walk the Ilfracombe Tors


National Trust Torrs car park, grid ref SS512474


From the National Trust car park follow the footpath at the bottom of the car park and turn left after 110yd (100m) onto the Coast Path.

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Follow the Coast Path as it winds all the way up the hill until you reach a bridle gate.

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Go through the bridle gate and turn right for a short distance to the top of the hill next to the toposcope.

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If taking the shorter walk, head downhill towards the finger post next to the wall and go left signed National Trust car park. When you reach the road go left and the car park is a short walk down the hill. If taking the longer walk go right and follow the Coast Path signs.


When you reach the second stile climb over this and bear left, following the track until you come to a bridle gate and field gate together at the top of Langleigh Lane. This is a fabulous sunken Devonshire lane with hedgrows full of birdlife and wild flowers. This used to be the main route from Ilfracombe to Lee.


Go through the bridle gate and follow the lane downhill until it turns into a tarmaced road.


At the tarmaced road, Upper Torrs Road, go left and follow the road until you reach the National Trust car park.


National Trust Torrs car park, grid ref SS512474

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Defined trail, which is a short but, in places, strenuous climb up a steep slope. Dogs on leads welcome.

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How to get here

Ilfracombe, North Devon
By road

Car park access through housing area. From Barnstaple direction, take A361 (St Brannocks Road) and turn left onto Church Hill (last road on left before roundabout.), which turns into Langleigh Road. Follow to end, then turn right onto Torrs Road, round a right-hand bend and uphill, then bear left onto Upper Torrs Road. Car park (National Trust) is 219yd (200m) ahead on right

By foot

From Ilfracombe sea front follow South West Coast Path westwards through town and uphill onto the Torrs 1095yd (1km) from Landmark Theatre

By bicycle

From Ilfracombe sea front follow South West Coast Path westwards through town and uphill to the car park, 1095yd (1km) from Landmark Theatre

Walk the Ilfracombe Torrs

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome