Hartland Travel Guide

  • Shipwreck Chart in the bar at Hartland Quay Hotel.
    Shipwreck Chart in the bar at Hartland...
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  • Remains of the MS Johanna
    Remains of the MS Johanna
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  • View From Hartland Quay
    View From Hartland Quay
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Hartland Things to Do

  • Speke's Mill Waterfall

    The Hartland Peninsula's stretch of the Southwest Coastal Path is one of the most visually stunning (and vertigo-inducing) sections of the walkway, maintaining its jagged ruggedness defiantly against the Atlantic's constant battering. Inland, the high moors maintain their own personality against the gales and storms brought ashore from that same...

  • Much More My Sort Of Thing!

    The Hartland Peninsula really is great walking country. The coastal path provides stunning vistas of the wild rocky Atlantic shoreline whilst inland there are high moors, river valleys and mature woodland to explore.Some of the walking is easy-going, whilst certain sections of the coastal path are more challenging and there is certainly some superb...

  • Not My Personal Sort Of Thing to Do!

    The sheer cliff faces on Hartlands coast make this area quite popular with rock climbers and on a blustery October day I should imagine makes for a pretty challenging climb.Not my thing though - me, I just enjoy my stroll with the pub as my destination!


Hartland Restaurants

  • Decent Pub Food and Open All Day

    The Wrecker's Retreat is the bar at the Hartland Quay Hotel and makes for an excellent pitstop if walking in this neck of the woods (or should I say this backbone of the coast!). This is a proper pub and serves substantial and relatively inexpensive pub food with the odd gastronomic offering.This is a great location to stop off for a bite to eat...

  • Excellent Food for Fuel and Nice People

    Well, this isn't really a "restaurant" as such, and perhaps not even a "cafe". On the website it is simply referred to as a "Refreshment Kiosk". Whatever it is it, and however you wish to describe it, this little hut with its outdoor seating is a perfect place to stop off on your wanders around this neck of the woods to refuel.Yep, even for me,...

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Hartland Transportation

  • The Helicopter Service To Lundy Island

    The tranquil and unspoilt Island of Lundy lies about 10 miles north of Hartland Point, in the Bristol channel. During the milder weathered months the main means of access to the island is by its supply ship, the MS Oldenburg, however during the winter (November to March) the island can only be accessed by helicopter.The helicopter flies from its...

  • The 319 Bus From Barnstaple

    There is no public transport around Hartland Peninsula as such but there are 5 daily buses (Mondays to Saturdays but not Sundays) from Barnstaple to Hartland village (TOWN!) itself. This is the 319 Stagecoach Devon bus which is the rural service taking in Bideford, Abbotsham, Woolsery and Clovelly with a total journey time of about one and a half...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Hartland Local Customs

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    by johngayton Written Nov 1, 2012

    The ligthhouse at Hartland Point was built by Trinity House in 1874 and marked the most Westerly point of the Bristol Channel before it becomes the Atlantic. Coupled with Lundy's lighthouse between them they marked the safe passage into the Channel (when Lundy's light was visible that is). It was constructed on a spit of rock jutting out into the sea but what wasn't taken into account was the undermining effect of the sea. In its early years Trinity House had to have the cliffs adjacent to it dynamited regularly so that the rocks falling onto the seabed would form a damping barrier.

    However these rocks would be washed out to sea every time there was a major North-westerly wind coupled with a high Spring tide and so in 1925 a 30 metre long, 6 metre high sea wall was constructed. The light had a staff of four keepers who, with their families, had accommodation at the rear. When the lighthouse was automated in 1984 the keepers' cottages were demolished and a helipad installed to allow maintenance teams to fly in from the helicopter-carrying vessels Patricia and Galatea.

    The lighthouse was decommisioned earlier this year (2012) and replaced with a solar-powered LED on the same site. The building was sold off, with an asking price of half-a-million pounds and is now privately-owned.

    This pic was taken in December 2011 from the helicopter en route to Lundy.

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Hartland Warnings and Dangers

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    by johngayton Written Oct 8, 2008

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    There not being much in the way to appease the elements for the couple of thousand miles of the Atlantic Ocean between here and the Americas and so this coastline takes a constant battering. Almost on a daily basis the cliffs erode. The coastal path is constantantly monitored by members of the various bodies who look after it, including the local council.

    Thus, if there is a a warning sign to say DO NOT, then don't - we're not worried about YOU, just think of the people who will have to risk their lives if you are stupid enough to ignore the warnings.

    Just DON'T Erosion In Progress Wreck Of The Joanna Cliff Face Then I Rembered Where I Left My Bicycle ;)
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Hartland Off The Beaten Path

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    by jamiema Updated Feb 16, 2007

    The 'promontory of Hercules', as the Romans called the Point, is certainly worthy of such a heroic name; the terrific, golden cliffs that rise from the pounding blue sea here are awe-inspiring, and the point is both romantic and wild at the same time. The perfect vantage point to view the sunset, its rays warming the burnt umber appearance of the rocks, and on clear days there are spectacular views across the Bristol Channel to Lundy Island, and on the rocky, boulder-strewn beach below lies the wreckage of the Dutch vessel 'Johanna', which ran aground on its way to Cardiff in adverse weather conditions. This is the one place that you should definitely visit if spending any length of time in this area of the north Devon coast.

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Hartland Favorites

  • Destination and Distorted Strata

    Ach, this is just a place to put this pic! But there is definitely a satisfaction on having a beer at the end (and sometimes middle) of your hike and so here's the beer about to be thoroughly enjoyed at Hartland Quay.Cheers!

  • High Tide at Hartland Quay.

    On this day when we were here, the tide was so high that the people who had spent lots of time on the beach, had to leave it so they did not become cut off by the sea! You can just see their heads as they were sitting on the old slipway watching the children jump in and out of the waves as they broke there :-)

  • Sea, Sky and Lundy!

    If you click on this picture to enlarge it, you will see, way in the distance, the shadowy mass that is Lundy Island.


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