Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

Capstone Hill is a large outcrop of rock reaching out to sea, which lies between the Landmark Theatre and the harbour in Ilfracombe. Capstone Hill has a circular walk which for the most part is level or has minimal gradients. The walk is at a low level round the base of the hill. There is a section of the walk which has a gradient of 14% (1:7) for about 30m which cannot be avoided unless you walk back the way you came. There are paths going up to the top of the hill which zig-zag their way up. Some of these can be accessed by wheelchair users particularly if they have the powered variety. Some of the paths however are steep. There are lights along the lower route which is referred to as Capstone Parade. There are many seats along the route and some are covered although some need repairing. On the side furthest out to the sea there is a lower level reached by concrete steps and protected by a blue metal handrail, that is used by fishermen, this can be dangerous as the rocks can be very slippery.

Surveyed by: geoff savage, September 2011 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 0.7 km

Public Transport: Local Ilfracombe and Barnstaple bus services. 3,21a,30,31,32,35,300,& 302
Car Park: The Landmark Theatre car parks 51 & 48 spaces with additional 7 accessible bays available, all near to Capstone Hill.
Steps: No
Barriers: Black posts to restrict vehicular access, no problem for wheelchairs.
Toilets: Toilets are available within the Landmark Theatre including accessible WC's.

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51 car spaces. 7 accessible spaces available from Wilder Road entrance to the Landmark Theatre

CarPark 51 car spaces. 7 accessible spaces available from Wilder Road entrance to the Landmark Theatre

Promenade car park with 48 spaces

CarPark Promenade car park with 48 spaces

All users including blue badge holders have to pay for parking

Information All users including blue badge holders have to pay for parking

Information board for ilfracombe

Information Information board for ilfracombe

View of Capstone Hill across Ilfracombe Beach

Path View of Capstone Hill across Ilfracombe Beach

Level route towards Capstone Hill passing 18% (1:5.5) ramps down to beach

Path Level route towards Capstone Hill passing 18% (1:5.5) ramps down to beach

Seating area overlooking beach

Path Seating area overlooking beach

Helipad area with entrance to Capstone Parade

Start Helipad area with entrance to Capstone Parade

Clockwise route starts through the black bollards. Path at over 7m wide' Good tarmacadam surface well maintained.
Waste high stone wall to left or outside of path.

Path Clockwise route starts through the black bollards. Path at over 7m wide' Good tarmacadam surface well maintained. Waste high stone wall to left or outside of path.

No seats for over 100m. Gradient is less than 5% (1:20) After 100m gradient increases to 5.8% (1:17)

Path No seats for over 100m. Gradient is less than 5% (1:20) After 100m gradient increases to 5.8% (1:17)

50m further on are the first benches but one has lost the wooden seat.

Path 50m further on are the first benches but one has lost the wooden seat.

Viewing point ahead with telescope (payment required)

Path Viewing point ahead with telescope (payment required)

View looking back towards the Promenade car park

View View looking back towards the Promenade car park

Alternative footpath up the hill to right. Gradient 22% (1:4.5)  at 1700mm wide.

Path Alternative footpath up the hill to right. Gradient 22% (1:4.5) at 1700mm wide.

Handrail on hillside of main path for 50+m

Path Handrail on hillside of main path for 50+m

Steps down to lower level of rocks used by fisherman

Step Steps down to lower level of rocks used by fisherman

Lower level path along rocks

Path Lower level path along rocks

Lower level with rock steps up to Capstone Parade

Path Lower level with rock steps up to Capstone Parade

Rock steps uneven and no handrail

Step Rock steps uneven and no handrail

Alternative path 14% (1:7) between 1-2m wide up the hill on right of main Capstone Parade

Path Alternative path 14% (1:7) between 1-2m wide up the hill on right of main Capstone Parade

Capstone Parade continues at almost 9m width with seating areas on the hill side.
Some seats are within stone shelters.

Seat Capstone Parade continues at almost 9m width with seating areas on the hill side. Some seats are within stone shelters.

 

Shelter

From rock steps and lower level

Path From rock steps and lower level

Wide level path with another alternative path up hill to right

Path Wide level path with another alternative path up hill to right

Alternative path 16.5% (1:6) 2m wide up the hill from Capstone Parade

Path Alternative path 16.5% (1:6) 2m wide up the hill from Capstone Parade

Capstone Parade continues with handrail barrier to protected narrow steps down to rocks and sea shore below

Path Capstone Parade continues with handrail barrier to protected narrow steps down to rocks and sea shore below

 

Step

View of steps down to rocks

View View of steps down to rocks

Viewing area and telescope

Viewing Platform Viewing area and telescope

View coming round the Northeast side of Capstone Hill

View View coming round the Northeast side of Capstone Hill

Approaching end of Capstone Parade where it joins Capstone Road by the houses.

Path Approaching end of Capstone Parade where it joins Capstone Road by the houses.

Route back to the helipad and car park turns right at the junction with Capstone Road.

Path Route back to the helipad and car park turns right at the junction with Capstone Road.

Option to walk up to the top of the hill just passed the houses, Gradient 11% (1:9) Almost level path continues to the left.

Path Option to walk up to the top of the hill just passed the houses, Gradient 11% (1:9) Almost level path continues to the left.

Path to helipad and car park turns left down a gradient of 14% (1:7) this is unavoidable unless you turn round. The path ahead runs out onto the grass hillside.

Direction Path to helipad and car park turns left down a gradient of 14% (1:7) this is unavoidable unless you turn round. The path ahead runs out onto the grass hillside.

Capstone promenade

Path Capstone promenade

View from hillside looking towards Ilfracombe

View View from hillside looking towards Ilfracombe

View from hillside looking towards helipad and conical towers of the Landmark Theatre

View View from hillside looking towards helipad and conical towers of the Landmark Theatre

Capstone promenade towards helipad

Path Capstone promenade towards helipad

Helipad and end of path round Capstone Hill

End Helipad and end of path round Capstone Hill

Route back to the car park

Direction Route back to the car park

Approach to the Landmark Theatre with accessible WC's, cafe' and Tourist Information Centre.

Visitor Centre Approach to the Landmark Theatre with accessible WC's, cafe' and Tourist Information Centre.

Blue Badge parking bays

Blue Badge parking bays

Ilfracombe - Capstone Hill Phototrail

 

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