Walk - Hartland Point short walk

1.6 miles (2.5 km)

Hartland Point Car Park - EX39 6DU Hartland Point Car Park

Easy - Some uneven ground and inclines

A rumbustious romp through Hartland's rich heritage, from the Early Stone Age through Celtic saints, Saxon settlements, medieval monasteries and Tudor adventurers, to pirates, smugglers and a twentieth century lighthouse. The coastal grasslands are rich in wildlife and the spectacular cliffs and rocks are of international geological importance.

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.

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.

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.

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

Gawlish Farm B&B

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

Little Barton Hartland Cottage and 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

Hartland Caravan Holidays

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

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Route Description

  1. From Hartland Point Car Park (where there is a small charge for parking) walk past the interpretation board which explains some background to the area. Follow the track towards the gates of Hartland Point Lighthouse.

Access is no longer available along the road beyond the gates due to the frequency of rock falls but there are some good views of the lighthouse from the walk further on.

  1. Follow the Coast Path up the concrete steps to the Coastguard Lookout that is no longer manned but houses electronic surveillance equipment.

By walking along the narrow path around the Lookout you can reach a viewpoint with an interpretation board which gives further details of the wreck of the Joanna which came aground in 1982, and of Hartland Point Lighthouse, built in 1874.

  1. Continue around the Lookout back to the Coast Path. Head south and after 300 metres you will find a memorial stone to those who died following the sinking by torpedo of the Glenart Castle Hospital ship 20 miles from Hartland Point on 26th February 1918.
  2. After a further 600 metres there is a good view along "Smoothlands".

This valley was formed before the coast had eroded to its current position. The Abbey River used to flow along the bottom of the valley but as the coastline receded each end of the valley was cut off to form a "sea-dissected valley". It is an unusual feature in our landscape and many students visit the area to study the classic landforms of this section of coast. You will soon spot a lone caravan in the bottom of the valley; a caravan has been at this location since before the area was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1959.

  1. At the bottom of the valley cross the stile and follow the path inland towards Blagdon Farm. Join the track to the left of the caravan and after one field you will see an area of woodland/scrub on the right which once contained a large medieval fishpond, although there is now little evidence that this valley bottom was once flooded.
  2. Further up the track keep left towards Blagdon at the junction. When walking through Blagdon Farm please respect the fact that this is a working farm. Beyond the farm buildings you will arrive back at the entrance track to the car park.

Public transport

For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.


Hartland Point Car Park (Postcode for Sat Navs: EX39 6DU).


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