In previous times it was a popular venue for smugglers, but is now a popular destination for ramblers. In 1885 a Mr E.D. Weedon was awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Bronze Medal for saving the life of Mr T. Groves at the locality. In 1923 a pleasure steamer that had just left Ilfracombe broke its rudder and began to drift out to sea, but was towed to the cove and its 400 passengers safely decanted.
The cove is so isolated that during World War II, a German U-Boat captain was able to allow his men ashore for relaxation without fear of detection.
- At Ordnance Survey Grid reference SS 665 497
- Hotel web site
- National trust catalogue
- AA Illustrated Guide to Britain’s Coast(Basingstoke, Drive Publications,1984) p16
- Ramblers circular walk
- The Times, Thursday, Aug 27, 1885; pg. 5; Issue 31536; col C REWARDS FOR SAVING LIFE
- The Times, Friday, Aug 24, 1923; pg. 5; Issue 43428; col D Mishap To Pleasure Steamer. 400 Passengers' Night On Board
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