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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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Lantern Hill is located above the Quay at Ilfracombe harbour. At the top is St Nicholas's Chapel which is a seamen's chapel dating from the 14th century. It is known to have been used as a lighthouse at the time of Henry V111 and the present lantern tower was added around 1800. There is a large pay and display car park at the end of the Quay just below Lantern Hill. There are accessible parking bays available although all users have to pay for parking. This is a circular walk up to and around St Nicholas's Chapel giving lovely views of Ilfracombe harbour. The majority of the walk has gradients of approx 20% (1:5). The paths have good tarmacadam surfaces and are generally 2 metres wide, smooth and well maintained. There are few handrails along the path but there are numerous benches and seats available. As this is a circular walk, visitors can choose which direction to go, this guide turns left from the entrance and follows a clockwise direction. There are two levels along the walk with the footpath levelling off at the base of the Chapel where there is a viewing and information area. There are then narrow steps or an alternative steep footpath leading up to the Chapel. The chapel has a very narrow approach and steps into the main entrance.

Surveyed by: geoff savage, September 2011 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 0.3 km

Public Transport: The local Ilfracombe and Barnstaple buses all stop at the approach to the Quay in St James Place some 300m from Lantern Hill. 3/21a/30/31/32/35/300&302.
Car Park: Large pay and display car park adjacent to Lantern Hill on the Western side of the Quay.
Steps: Stepped entrance into St Nicholas's Chapel
Barriers: Only gradients of the paths
Toilets: Toilet block with an accessible WC next to the Harbour Masters office.

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All users have to pay for parking.
Accessible bays available. All building works on satellite image have been finished.

CarPark All users have to pay for parking. Accessible bays available. All building works on satellite image have been finished.

Booking office next to Harbour Master.

Information Booking office next to Harbour Master.

Start of path with route to left just ahead

Start Start of path with route to left just ahead

Gradient 18% (1:6) for 50m

Gradient Gradient 18% (1:6) for 50m

View of harbour entrance

View View of harbour entrance

 

View

Gradient continues round bend 18% (1:5.5), more seating on outside of bend with views to the West

Path Gradient continues round bend 18% (1:5.5), more seating on outside of bend with views to the West

 

View

 

View

St Nicholas's Chapel 45m from main footpath

Feature of Interest St Nicholas's Chapel 45m from main footpath

Path levels out on left with alternative path 18% (1:5.5) up to the chapel.

Direction Path levels out on left with alternative path 18% (1:5.5) up to the chapel.

View towards the North and Wales

Path View towards the North and Wales

Viewing area at base of chapel

View Viewing area at base of chapel

 

Seat

Reduced width of path approaching chapel (570mm)

Width Reduced width of path approaching chapel (570mm)

 

Width

Entrance to chapel

Step Entrance to chapel

Viewing area

Viewing Platform Viewing area

Footpath back down towards car park. After 35m the gradient increases just below view shown 20% (1:4)

Path Footpath back down towards car park. After 35m the gradient increases just below view shown 20% (1:4)

Path

End

Accessible WC at rear of toilet block shown

Toilets Accessible WC at rear of toilet block shown

Typical standard WC

Toilets Typical standard WC

Ilfracombe - Lantern Hill Phototrail

 

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Accessibility Info Amenities Info Facilities Info Features Info Way Finding Info
Barrier
Clearance
Gate
Gradient
Obstacle
Seat
Step
Surface
Visibility
Width
Accessible toilets
Blue Badge parking bays
CarPark
Public Transport
Toilets
Bird Hide
Boating
Cafe
Fishing
Museum & Heritage
Shelter
Viewing Platform
Visitor Centre
Water  Sports Centre
Wildlife
Feature of Interest
Information
View
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End
Path
Start

 

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