Walks And Walking – Hartland Walk in Devon
This is a 10 mile circular walking route in Hartland, Devon which took me 5 hours to complete on a fabulous day of glorious sunshine.
Driving in to the small village of Hartland I headed for the free car park. From here I walked passed the Hart Inn and turned right down North Street and then followed the road passed the bus stop walking left at the signpost for Hartland Point.
I crossed over Pattard Bridge and followed the lane right passing a lane on the right turning right up some steps on my right and then climbed over a stile. I walked across the field, keeping to the right hand side, to rejoin the lane.
Continuing my walk I turned right and right again at Youltree Cross and then left at Moor Cross to Exmansworthy turning left at the second lane signposted No Through Road.
I walked passed Exmansworthy Farm turning right at the small National Trust car park and crossed the stile to a green lane continuing my walk to another stile that lead in to open fields. where I walked straight across to join the South West Coast Path.
Right, with the boring bit out of the way the rest of this walk was simply amazing – breathtaking scenery and absolutely gorgeous coastline and because all I had to do was follow the coastal path to Hartland Quay I was able to completely switch off and relax.
With a blue hazy sky and clear blue sea every so often I’d catch a glance of Lundy Island on my right hand side as I made my way along Exmansworthy Cliff to Chapman Rock and then Fatacott Cliff to Gawlish Cliff and Eldern Point. I continued my walk in heaven to Titchberry, Shipload Bay and the Radar Tower at Barley Bay.
After the Barley Bay it didn’t take that long to arrive at the Lighthouse at Hartland Point where I stopped for lunch thinking ‘wow, this walk is amazing and I never want it to end!’.
After lunch I continued my walk to Cow & Calf and Upright Cliff where the walk started to get a little bit more demanding with very steep descents and ascents along the combes – Damehole Point, Dyer’s Lookout and Broad Beach which really took their toll on my knees before I reached The Warren, an area of open fields leading to Hartland Quay.
I continued my walk passed the ruined tower, where I attempted to take a picture of St Nectan’s Church in Stoke through the remaining archway – you can see it if you look hard enough!
I then walked left at the road to Hartland Quay and walked all the way up to the church at Stoke passing the toilets on my left hand side continuing up the road to Hartland Abbey to finish my walk back at the car park in Hartland.