Walk - Hartland
5.8 miles (9.4 km)
Hartland Quay Hartland Quay
Challenging - Coastal path and green lanes that may be muddy in places, and a quiet surfaced road. There are several stretches of steep gradients in both directions, as well as lengthy flights of steps and several stiles.
A rollercoaster walk heading north from Hartland Quay to Hartland Point, above a stretch of coastline notorious for the extensive catalogue of shipwrecks on its deadly rocks. It returns along ancient green lanes, passing through the churchyard of 'The Cathedral of North Devon', near the fifth-century saint's holy well. A good walk on a blustery day in autumn, when flocks of migrant seabirds such as skuas and shearwaters can be seen offshore, heading south. There is an optional shortcut halfway around the route, which reduces the distance to about three miles, although it still includes some steep ascent and descent.