Hele beach is a beautiful small and quiet cove just to the East of Ilfracombe, mostly covered with sand and some shingle.
It is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has an interesting rock arch carved out of the cliff by the wild Atlantic waves.
Hele’s catchment (the catchment is the area of land that can influence the water quality) reaches back as far as Hore Down and includes the North end of Ilfracombe town and thousands of acres of farmland.
Without intervention, Hele beach is predicted to achieve the minimum requirement for European water quality standards. However, the beach has the potential to achieve much better standards.