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Image taken at the Tunnel beaches. The young family might have been enjoying their time but they looked a little lonely and forlorn. Just a small space occupied by them tucked into a large landscape. I think that the beach is called Wildersmouth.

Access to the beach is via privately owned tunnels after paying an admission fee. A fee has been charged since 1823.

In the late 1700s Ilfracombe became a fashionable spa and sea-bathing destination for wealthy Georgians.

Miners from the Welsh Valleys were brought to Ilfracombe in 1819 to cut tunnels through the cliffs to provide access to the coves Wildersmouth to the East , and Crewkhorne , a smaller beach, to the West.
In 1823 the beaches were opened to the public. Crewkhorne was reserved for bathing for men and Wildersmouth for ladies.

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