Trust10 Ilfracombe to Lee

Running trail

The Trust10 at Ilfracombe is a 10k out and back route following the South West Coast Path to Lee. You'll begin at Ilfracombe Torrs climbing the zig-zag path carved into the cliff face by the Victorians, before stunning scenery unfolds of the coastline and Ilfracombe.

Historic era of Ilfracombe, Devon in watercolour painting


Map route for 10k running route


National Trust Ilfracombe Torrs Car Park; Grid Ref: SS511474


Start at the bottom of the car park and follow the path down and around to the left, past the NT Torrs walk sign.

Ilfracombe car park looking down path


Continue following the zigzag path up signed coast path.

View up path as you climb the Torrs


Upon reaching the top, pass through the gate and around to the left.

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Top of Torrs Walk


Following signs for coast path to Lee, cross over the stile and follow the path, keeping the sea on your right.

View from footpath heading for Lee


Pass through the gate, across the field, turning right at the dirt track, following signs for coast path to Lee.

 Coastpath gateway


Upon reaching the field gate, continue on through, following the lane all the way down, turning right at the bottom, signed coast path.

Gateway onto Lane into Lee


Continue following the road down and around through Lee, before heading up the other side, signed coast path/ single track road to Mortehoe.

View of Lee Beach


After passing several houses, look out for a gap in the wall on your right, signed National Trust Damage Cliffs/coast path to Woolacombe. Head up the steps and through the gate.

Damage Cliffs Steps


Continue following the path signed Bull Point.

Finger post with sea views behind


Upon reaching the gate before the bridge with the ‘Half Way’ marker, turn around and retrace your steps back to the car park, initially following signs for Lee, then coast path to Ilfracombe, then coast path Torrs Walk and finally N.T. Car Park.

Halfway Gate and Bridge


National Trust Ilfracombe Torrs Car Park; Grid Ref: SS511474

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Trust10 Ilfracombe to Lee


The route is hilly and undulating with steps, pedestrian gates and stiles. The route is uneven and can be slippery when wet. There are a number of benches along the route. There can be livestock in fields throughout the year and dogs are welcome on a short lead. The route is unsuitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs as some sections are a little narrower and the route contains steps and stiles. The route is accessible to walkers, joggers to runners. Dogs are welcome under close control.


Trust10 Ilfracombe to Lee

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Trust10 Ilfracombe to Lee

How to get here

Ilfracombe Torrs National Trust Car Park
By train

Barnstaple, 12.7 miles (20.4km) from Ilfracombe Torrs.

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.

Trust10 Ilfracombe to Lee

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome
  • Nearest toilets and refreshments in Ilfracombe or Lee