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.

Elmscott Youth Hostel

Full self-catering facilities, seasonal small shop, 32 Beds. Exclusive hire available. Open all year. Single night stays welcome

Gawlish Farm B&B

B&B and Self Catering. Single Night Stays. Hearty locally sourced breakfast.

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 Organic B&B

Traditional low impact beef farm with stunning views.

Ideal for walkers, ½ hour walk from the Path offering pickup/drop off at Hartland Quay. Self-service breakfast with organic homemade bread, jams, pastries, tea & coffee.

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!

West Titchberry Farm

Welcoming B&B conveniently situated for the Path. Evening meal & packed lunches on request. Pick up/drop off available.

Clouds Bed & Breakfast

Clouds at Stoke, 0.7 miles from Clifftop Path. Superking or Twin Beds. Bath and Walk in Drench Shower. Home Baking with warm welcome.

Little Barton

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

Southdown B&B

Friendly B & B between Clovelly and Hartland. Ensuite rooms, wi-fi, drying facilities, pets welcome. On-site parking and garage for cycles.

Elmscott Farm B&B

Excellent farmhouse food and a warm welcome awaits you. Games room & spacious garden.

The Old Smithy B&B

Situated in the higher part of the olde worlde village of Clovelly, overlooking beautiful Bideford Bay, and North Devon coastline, close to the South West Coast Path.

Pillowery Park

Pillowery Park is in a quiet lane with uninterrupted views of the countryside. Coast Path walkers welcome with free lifts from the path by arrangement.

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.

Interactive Elevation


  • 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.


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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