Barnstaple
Hartland Peninsula
North Devon EX39
 

 

The Hartland Peninsula area of North Devon is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and as yet is hardly known to outsiders.
 
Exmoor lies to its eastern border and the heritage Clovelly Village marks its northern boundary. The cliffs and foreshore of the peninsula display spectacular evidence of geological events which took place over 300 million years ago.
 
Such enormous pressure was exerted by a collision of the earth’s tectonic plates that the rocks were actually compressed like a concertina, producing a range of spectacular folds and faults that are visible today. Hartland Quay is the best place to get an overall view of the peninsula cliffs.
 
Beautiful Valleys, Crystal Clear Streams and Numerous Waterfalls
Beautiful valleys sweep down to the coast and crystal clear streams tumble over the cliffs in numerous waterfalls. The most spectacular is Spekes Mill Mouth Waterfall near Milford.
 
The villages are little more than hamlets, usually clustered around an ancient church. A typical example is Stoke Village and its 14th century Church of St Nectan.
 
No matter what time of year, the hedgerows are filled with wildflowers and berries. Several attractions such as Hartland Abbey and Gardens and Docton Mill Wild Flower Gardens feature natural gardens – masses of snowdrops, narcissi, daffodils, bluebells and wild garlic.
 
Activities for children are low key, one favourite being the Milky Way Adventure Park near Clovelly. Cycling, horse riding, walking and rock pool exploring are popular activities.
 
Walks
The walks in this area are part of the South West Coast Path.
 
Accommodation
To find accommodation in this lovely area go to the North Devon Accommodation page on this website where we have some useful links.
 
Explore Hartland Peninsula to discover traditional Tea Rooms, old pubs, family run Farm B & Bs and comfortable self-catering cottages in the best of rural Devon.
 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Agoda here:     External Link
 
Getting There
- From London by Car
From the M25 London Ring Road, exit at Junction 4B onto M4 to Bristol and South Wales. At Junction 20, take M5 south past Weston-Super-Mare, Bridgewater and Taunton to Junction 27. Exit at junction 27 westward on the A361 to Barnstaple.
 
At Barnstaple take the A39 south through Northam to Clovelly then take the B3248 to Stoke and Hartland Peninsula.
 
Google Maps - Hartland Peninsula