Crabbing in Ilfracombe

Well a more appropriate title would be ‘attempted crabbing in Ilfracombe!’ Now before you judge me on my awful crab finding skills, this was my first time crabbing. It turns out i’m not very good at it. I even asked the nice lady at the fishing stand for some tips…but alas still no crabs, much to Paige’s disappointment. So we cheered ourselves up with yet MORE ice cream. Thank god for ice cream.

Ilfracombe itself is a town full of old fashioned seaside charm and some pretty stunning scenery. It hasn’t always had the best reputation, but it’s steadily growing as a unique and quirky place to visit. There are some brilliant independent shops, cafe and gallery’s.

A few favourites include @annieandtheflint for great coffee and cakes to die for by @rollingpinsandnonsticktins. @florashouseilfracombe is a fab new childrens clothing store. For cool homewares try Nest. Or if you’re in the market for a new picture then there are some lovely galleries such as @echobeachgallery or Driftwood.

A couple of other must visit spots in Ilfracombe are the famous @tunnelsbeaches , the harbour, Damien Hirst’s breathtaking 20m high ’Verity’ sculpture and also the tiny but perfectly formed @ilfracombeaquarium.

On my to do list (when I’m not so pregnant!) is also one of the many boat trips out of the harbour. Dolphin spotting is a regular thing! @ilfracombeseasafari

Ilfracombe is about an hours drive from Coastal Cabins. It’s worth a day trip and can be combined with other places nearby such as the award winning Woolacombe or Saunton beaches.