One of the other main Ilfracombe beaches, Wildersmouth, has a colourful history that adds a little mystery to a visit. It’s easy to see why this pretty beach is a former smuggler’s haunt, as it’s tucked amidst rugged cliffs and is all but hidden when the tide rises. Wildersmouth Beach is a mixture of sand and shingle and is one of the most peaceful beaches in Ilfracombe.
The cove is sheltered by high cliffs, giving the small, rocky bay a secluded feel. The beach is an easy walk from Ilfracombe’s centre, and there's car parking nearby. Those planning pet-friendly beach holidays in Ilfracombe should note that there are no restrictions on dogs at Wildermouth Beach, so bring the ball and enjoy having the run of the shore.