Fishing from Ilfracombe Pier

Fishing from Ilfracombe Pier


The difference between tides by the pier is large, the seawater comes up a long way, yet in fair weather, fishing from the pier can be a joy. There is easy wheelchair access and that there is no distance casting required, it makes the pier a good spot for the disabled angler

The pier at Ilfracombe can be fished with both light or heavy tackle, big baits cast out towards the sea can bring in dogfish or conger eels. Fishing towards the harbour will be suitable for lighter gear, for those species that are attracted to the cover provided by the pier itself and the moored boats.

You will lose some gear, best be prepared.

Float fishing near to the pier can be fun during the summer, with mackerel, whiting, pouting, garfish caught. Out on to the sandy areas, toward the harbour wall is more likely to be small sole or whiting.

'Just back from a 3 night stay. Our first time at this site and we were very impressed .. friendly staff, 1st class facilities and a perfect setting, an ideal base from which to explore Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. Fantastic weather made for a pretty good Easter weekend!. Will be back again!!' .. The Lloyd family


We have just returned from a two week stay at this site and have never experienced a site that is so well run. The staff were so friendly and helpful, we arrived after a two week spell of rain to find our pitch slightly muddy, but the staff couldn't have been more helpful in putting down chippings and gravel so that we could get our little split screen on to our very secluded and large pitch.

We were amazed at the cleanliness and high standard of the toilets and facilities, even when it rained! the whole site was friendly and safe for children to play.

Another huge bonus was the beautiful dog walk where our dog enjoyed his freedom to play and my son enjoyed the downhill thrill on his bike! The views on a clear day from the top of the site were stunning and we shed a tear as we waved goodbye on a clear sunny day.

We walked down sandy lane and along to Combsegate and Barricane beach to avoid the crowds of Woolacombe on the weekends. A bit of a hike back up but well worth it.

We will def be booking again for next year and would highly recommend this site to anyone who wants the perfect camping experience.


Just returned from a 9 day stay. Excellent and very clean facilities and friendly staff who couldn't help enough. Pitch was lovely and secluded. We had a lovely holiday - thanks to all at Warcombe Farm.

Carole Armes