Hartland Point Lighthouse

Hartland Visitor Guide


In an area of outstanding natural beauty, 12 miles of glorious coast path, fabulous sunsets, Hartland Abbey plus much more make sure you save a day to visit The Hartland Peninsular...

Easily accessible from the A39 'The Atlantic Highway', in North West Devon and close the Cornwall Border,  the Hartland Peninsular offers the visitor some breathtaking views and extensive coastal scenery, fresh air and a true escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Hartland Point, home to the lighthouse rises 350 feet above sea level and from here you can enjoy some amazing sunsets. There are 12 miles of glorious coast path to follow and the the scenery and fauna are sure to delight walkers of all ages.

As you would expect along such a dramatic coastline, Hartand has seen its fair share of shipwrecks, the earliest recorded dating back to the 14th Century. Hartland Quay now has a museum - The Shipwreck Museum - full of interesting facts and stories about this dangerous part of the coastline. In 1874 a lighthouse was constructed at Hartland Point to warn mariners on this busy sea route of the dangerous cliffs and fog bound coastline.

Today the village of Hartland is a thriving community and still retains it Victorian 'feel'. There are several village shops and pubs, a post office, churches, schools, medical centre and several skilled craftsmen including a potter and artist. The arts and crafts centre in the village square is located in a converted chapel which is home to one of the earliest working public clocks whose chimes have echoed across the area for some 400 years.

The introduction of the rail network into Bideford in 1855 saw the decline of the once busy 16th century Hartland Quay and it finally succumbed to the Atlantic Ocean in the 1890's.

The Hartland Peninsula offers the visitor plenty to do - some examples of which are listed here:

  • spectacular 12 mile coastal walk
  • an abundance of flora and fauna - including many rare species
  • Blubell woods
  • Bursdon Moor (with rare orchids)
  • secluded beaches for swimming, surfing and fishing
  • stunning waterfalls
  • Hartland Abbey and Gardens
  • St Nectan's Church
  • Docton Mill Gardens
  • local artists, potters, photographers and furniture makers
There are many places to stop for a bite to eat - pubs, hotels or perhaps you fancy a local Devonshire Cream Tea?

Bideford - Abbotsham Road - Tel: 01237 420200
Barnstaple - North Devon District Hospital - Tel: 01271 322577

Traveline - 0871 200 2233

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015