Walk - Clovelly to Hartland Quay

10.3 miles (16.6 km)

Clovelly Hartland Quay

Challenging - Moderate to strenuous

This section of Coast Path leads you through the stunning, contrasting landscapes of the Hartland Peninsula. You emerge from ancient woodland to follow the path through pastoral land on the open cliff tops and, on reaching Hartland Point, you turn to leave the valleys and woodland behind you as you suddenly enter a more barren and dramatic landscape along the rocky coast to Hartland Quay. Waterfalls crashing to the secluded rocky beaches of the Atlantic, wild flowers and seabirds all contribute to the sense of wilderness and distance from the busy settlements of the north coast.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Hartland Caravan Holidays

Nautically themed static caravans. Bed linen & towels provided. 2min walk to shops, cafe & pub. Single night stays welcome.

Stoke Barton Farm Campsite

Set 1/2 mile from coast path, we offer camping and full facilities incl.Seasonal shop. 2 Pixie Huts with king size sprung beds. 01237441238

Cheristow Lavender Campsite

No frills back to nature camping on a working beef farm. 25 mins from the Path. 2 miles from village pub and shop.rmn on a

Hartland Quay Hotel, Hartland

On the edge of the Atlantic ocean, the Hartland Quay Hotel and Wreckers Retreat Bar provides refuge and refreshment for tired walkers!

Cheristow Farm Cottages

Coastal country, dog-friendly, farm cottages sleeping 2-5 with hot tub and sauna. 1.5 miles from the Path. Near Hartland Quay. Lifts arranged.

Quincecote

A relaxed friendly warm welcome awaits walkers along with fantastic home produced sausages,bacon,eggs and preserves.Double room annex with own entrance, bathroom, dining room and boot store

Fosfelle Country House Glamping and Cottages

Fosfelle Cottages, Camping and Glamping. Perfect for those who want to stay within easy access of the coastal path with its easy access to Hartland, Clovelly and Bude.

Little Barton Hartland Cottage & Farmhouse

20 mins walk from the Path at Spekes Mill, Hartland, Little Barton Farmhouse sleeps 10. Cottage sleeps up to 6. The Cottage can be booked for 2 people, for 2 nights or more

Great Philham House

3 miles from the South West Coast Path at Hartland Quay, the original farm house has been modernised and refurbished. 3 rooms - a double, king size and twin-each with TV, tea and coffee. Full English breakfast.

West Welsford Wild Camping

Basic camping on cornish dairy farm. 2 miles from the coast. Great views.

Southdown B&B

Friendly B&B between Clovelly and Hartland. Ensuite rooms with a view, wi-fi, drying facilities. Serves 2 sections, Westward Ho! to Hartland Quay. On-site parking.

Harbour View Cottage

A beautiful cottage offering the only B & B in Clovelly's traffic free High Street on the route of the SWCP. Packed lunches, laundry facilities & evening meal by arrangement.

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Highlights

  • The Angel Wings shelter above Clovelly, with beautiful wood carvings made by a former butler of Clovelly Court.
  • Bird watching at Gallantry Bower. You may see stonechats, linnets and meadow pipits.
  • Blackchurch Rock at Mouth Mill Cove, with its two natural archways.
  • Windbury Head Camp at the summit of Beckland Cliffs: this cliff top fort stands at 142 metres above sea level. It is thought to have been an Iron Age enclosure or hill fort and unfortunately much of it has been lost to coastal erosion.
  • Memories of war: the WWII memorial plaque to the Wellington bomber that crashed into nearby cliffs in the night in 1942 killing all of the crew, and the memorial to the ship the Glenart Castle which was torpedoed by a U-boat in 1918.
  • 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.
  • The views from Hartland Quay back along the rugged coast you’ve just walked and the route ahead to Bude.
  • Hartland Quay Museum which has fascinating displays of photographs, artefacts and documents of shipwrecks, smuggling, geology and coastal industries. Open: Easter week-October half term - 11.00-17.00.

Shorter option

It is not easy to shorten this walk due to lack of accommodation. Link to Hartland Point Walk and Hartland Quay circular.

Longer option

There are very few opportunities to find refreshments between Hartland Quay and Bude, therefore it is recommended that you end the walk as above at Hartland Quay.

Public transport

National Express coach number 502 runs from Taunton to Barnstaple and First Great Western trains run regularly from Exeter to Barnstaple. The Stagecoach 319 service runs from Barnstaple to Hartland, via Bideford and Clovelly. For details visit Traveline or phone 0870 6082608.

Parking

Clovelly (Postcode for Sat Navs: EX39 5TA), Brownsham, Exmansworthy, East Titchberry Farm, Hartland Point and Hartland Quay. Note: The parking charge at Clovelly includes the entrance fee to their Visitor Centre so can appear expensive if you are just going for a walk along the Coast Path.

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