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Writing’s on the wall at Hartland Quay

With its spectacular location at the foot of some of the highest cliffs in Britain, beautiful wildflowers and seabirds, a quay dating back to Henry VIII, a history of wrecking and smuggling, as well as panoramic views of the Atlantic from Lundy Island to Cornwall, Hartland Quay in North Devon is one of the best destinations in the West Country for walkers starting a journey along the South West Coast Path.

Now, thanks to joint funding from the RDPE, North Devon AONB and Hartland Quay Hotel, walkers can benefit from clear information on the history, geology and flora and fauna of the area, as well as learn about circular walks, through a series of brand-new information boards positioned in the middle car park and by the entrance to Hartland Hotel with direct access on to the stunning South West Coast Path.

Jill Johns, manager of the Hartland Quay Hotel and the driving force behind the new boards, said: “As a small hotel directly on the South West Coast Path, we cater for many walkers in the area.  The response to the new boards from everyone from the novice walker to the hardy walker has been fantastic and we've had some wonderful feedback.”

Matt Edworthy, from the North Devon AONB service, added: “The South West Coast Path runs through places that many walkers won’t have heard about so the boards are a chance to open their eyes to the hidden histories of these heritage sites, which are like pearls on a string along the Coast Path.”

Photo caption: John Slater from the South West Coast Path and Jill Johns, manager of the Hartland Quay Hotel, next to one of the new information boards

 

Published on: June 21, 2012