Yesterday myself, hubby and a few friends walked along the South West Coast path along Hartland Peninsula. It was a beautiful day and what I thought would have been a few miles of coastline turned into 11 miles. I have to say it was extremely challenging to say the least. I’ve recently taken up running and this walk was a lot harder than any of the running miles I’ve been doing.
This was the first time I’d been to Hartland even though it is about a 20 minute drive from where I live. I’m so glad I visited the area as it was incredibly beautiful and looked even better with the sun shining. As well as the beauty of Hartland they are lots of interesting facts about the area and some historic places to visit if you are looking to do some sightseeing in Devon.
Highlights of Hartland
- Spotting the grey seals that breed in the bays and caves of Hartland.
- The extraordinary rock formations between Hartland Point and Hartland Quay. Hartland Point with its lighthouse built in 1874 and fantastically named Tense Rocks just beyond the Point. You will also have spectacular views to South Wales and Lundy Island.
- Hartland Quay Museum which has fascinating displays of photographs, artefacts and documents of shipwrecks, smuggling, geology and coastal industries.
Places of Interest in Hartland
- East Titchberry Farm: National Trust 17th century farmhouse and malthouse, just east of Hartland Point.
- Hartland Abbey and Gardens: this 12th century Abbey served as a monastery for 400 years until Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries and gave the Abbey to the Sergeant of his Wine Cellar at Hampton Court. Passed down through the generations, the family home contains collections of pictures, furniture and porcelain which have accumulated over many years.
- St Nectan’s Church, Stoke: known as the “Cathedral of North Devon”, this 14th century church has the second tallest tower in Devon and original wooden rood screen.
We got some lovely pictures of the area and I hope they give some inspiration on the things you can do in Devon.