The Hartland Peninsula is an area of outstanding natural beauty with plenty to explore in and around the Hartland coast as well as a little further a field and throughout North Devon. We’ve put together a list of things available to see and do in the surrounding area.
The Tarka Trail runs for 180 miles from Barnstaple to Bideford. Whilst you can walk the route you can also cycle along the trail which is also connect to the National Cycle Network’s Devon coast to coast path which runs all the way down to Plymouth on the South Coast. We’ve explored many parts of the path as you can join the route at any point. Enjoy the beautiful sea views at any time of year.
Lying just off the coast and visible from the Hartland Peninsula Lundy is a small island inhabited by just 28 people. With some of the worlds most unique Flora and Fauna found on the island and as a result became England’s first Marine Conervation Zone. The island is manged by the Landmark trust and a fee of £5 upon admission. Accessible by boat from Clovelly (visit Clovelly Charters for more info) and Bideford (visit MS Oldenburg) there are also helicopter flights available during the winter months. Boats leave daily and cost around £35 for a day return, see the website www.lundyisland.co.uk for more information.
The historic fishing village of Clovelly is nestled within steep cliffs, only accessible on foot. The cobbled high street is famed for it’s Donkeys which are used to transport goods up to the residents houses and local businesses. The traffic-free village centre is rich in Maritime history and has been connected with Charles Kingsley, Turner and even the Spanish Armada. Just 5 miles from Loveland and open throughout the year, you can explore the idylic village and waterfall, look out for regular festivals which happen throughtout the year, check out clovelly.co.uk for more info.
Clovelly is also home to Calming Quay Treatments, for anyone looking for a unique experience. Calming Quay Treatments is no ordinary spa, with a therapist whom has gained many years of experience, training for three years in Hong Kong and gaining work experience internationally and within the UK. Trained specifically in massage, and incorporating, reflexology, acupressure and aromatherapy, Calming Quay, can aid in repairing aching muscles, dealing with historic injury, enabling relaxation and stress relief, and creating a relaxing environment for you to relax, renew and replenish.
Along the quaint, narrow streets and drangs of Appledore there are many fishermen’s cottages, some of which date back to the Elizabethan era. Where the Taw and Torridge rivers meet, sits the delightful quayside village of Appledore, next to the River Torridge. Appledore boasts a small but great range of shops, pubs, guesthouses and art galleries. A thriving fishing and trading village since the 14th century, Appledore has been a famous boat-building centre for many years and the shipyard is still active today. Picturesque Appledore is our favouirte place for breakfast and we reccommned the award winning Deli and Cafe Johns of Appledore as the perfect way to start the weekend. Check out appledore.org for more info.
The delightful village of Instow has been welcoming visitors since Victorian times. It lies at the confluence of two rivers The Taw and The Torridge with views over shallow waters to Appledore. With its superb beach and colourful Regency style terraced houses it is easy to see why it is still popular today. Instow offers some great places to eat such as the boat house and the Instow Arms and you’ll have a lovely evening here watching the sun go down.
Welcombe Mouth, pictured above, is a very secluded and quiet beach just 20 minutes from the farm on the A39 toward Bude. This hidden gems is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is surrounded by steep, rocky cliffs and costal slopes. When the tide is low it reveals a small beach of golden sand with many rock pools to be found along the fore shore. Along with some interesting geology there is a picturesque waterfall. Accessed via a rough and narrow road it isn’t the easiest beach to find and is mostly popular with locals, surfers and ramblers. It is a fantastic location for coastal walking and exploring the wildlife, as the slopes are filled with plant and animal life, and the steep cliffs offer breathtaking views out over the inlet. To make it all worth while there is a perfectly position pub called the Old Smith Inn near to the beach which is open all year round and, whether it’s live music, scrummy food, well kept ales, open fires, quiz nights or just a right good ‘ole natter, you’ll find it here!