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Sunday Smugglers Lee...
...home to a know rough smuggler and suspected wrecker, Hannibal Richards, tall dark and swarthy. In 1789 he'd come here from North Cornwall where he'd been part of "Cruel Copingers" gang, Some of known relatives are buried in the graveyard.
Park at the car park on the sea front, it is very basic but there are toilets a short walk inland on the footpath adjascent to the car park. Meet outside the Smugglers cottage at the entrance to the car park overlooking the bay.We'll be walking inland first following one of the old smugglers footpaths that follow the stream inland under the cover of the trees and dense undergrowth deep in the bottom of a ravine like valley. After 3/4 mile we will have to ascend slowly up a very steep section of the footpath through six acre wood emerging to cross the lane to Higher Warcombe, one of the Smugglers homes.
We'll walk to Damage Barton another estate that had wrecking rights, as they owned the land between Bull point and Lee. They most likely stored many smuggled goods that were landed at Bennetts Bay and secretly transported up the hidden stream in Kinevor (conniver) valley that connects the beach dirrectly to the Barton!
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