Lee Bay in North Devon

I love Lee Bay. It’s tucked away between Ilfracombe and Woolacombe. You wouldn’t find it without looking, as it’s not on the road to anywhere. This is both in it’s favour, and the reason it’s had a hard time in recent years. When tourism relied on public transport (that is, before the motorcar), Lee was a destination for holiday makers who would come for a week and spend money whilst enjoying the scenery. Since that era has ended, Lee has sat quietly, bypassed by the majority as they travel towards the famed three mile long beach in Woolacombe.

Mill Cottage is really beautiful, but it floods every year.

It’s a rare pleasure to see Lee Bay at high tide. The calm August water conceals the full power of the waves during a winter storm.

Lee Bay, looking towards Damage Woods