Set against a dramatic backdrop of imposing granite cliffs and the powerful Atlantic Ocean, Hartland Peninsula is part of the North Devon coastline that’s been designated as an area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’. With its striking scenery and unique environment, the rich landscape is now also classed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Offering some of the most awe-inspiring views in the West Country, the local area has been featured in many high profile films and TV series, including the BBC adaption of Sense and Sensibility. Popular with walkers, enjoy easy access to the South West Coast Path and take in the stunning sights of this rugged coastline. From the Peninsula you can explore many walks and trails of varying levels, to suit both the seasoned and novice walker, being rewarded with various dramatic viewpoints along the way.
Hartland Quay was once a bustling harbour, now is pretty and quiet and boasts a small museum, a hotel, restaurant and a shingle beach which is popular for fishing. The Quay also has a car park at the top, with slipway access to the beach, for those planning spend their days splashing in the sea, exploring rock pools and relaxing on the areas of golden sand. The area is also popular with surfers, both locals and vistors.
If you’re looking for things to do, then why not head into Hartland village, where you’ll find a cluster of gift shops, galleries and buildings of rich heritage. The village also truly comes alive once a year during the Hartland Carnival, where locals gather to put on a fantastic display, which has now been running for more than 100 years.
Interested in history? Visit Hartland Quay Museum and discover lots about shipwrecks and smuggling, as well as learning about the area’s life-saving heroes, with a collection of colourful displays. Also, those with a passion for wildlife will find the Hartland Peninsula fascinating, with plenty of opportunities for spotting a variety of animals. You may get to spot dolphins and seals out at sea, with birdwatchers wanting to look out for the colourful stripes on the beaks of puffins.
A must see whilst staying in the peninsula is Hartland Abbey. Not only will you be impressed by the beautiful house, but if visiting during the right time of year, you will be able to see the breathtaking display of bluebells throughout the gardens. If you’re interested in flowers, we also highly recommend making a trip to Cheristow Lavender, so you can experience the vibrant purple hues in the countryside. Not only this, but rumour has it that the Lavender Tea Rooms serves the best Devonshire cream teas for miles around!
Offering some of the most awe-inspiring views during North Devon holidays, the local area has been featured in many high profile films and TV series, including the BBC adaption of Sense and Sensibility.
We have a variety of accommodation that will make any holiday in Hartland extra special. Whether you wish to stay in a traditional cottage or an entertainment filled holiday park, we will be able to cater for your needs.