A – Z of Locations: H is for Hartland Quay

During this year I shall be posting photographs from places around the UK, many of which have not been published before. Where I have previously blogged about a location I will provide a link to the post, though you won’t be able to comment on it as I restrict comments to six months.

H is for Hartland Quay

Hartland Quay on the north coast of Devon is wild and rugged with contorted rock layers.

The wilderness of Hartland Peninsula is well worth exporing – it is a lost world of narrow roads winding their way to the coast. Visit Hartland Point, the Quay, Speke’s Mill Mouth  and the glorious Hartland Abbey where paths around the estate lead to the beach and Blackpool Mill Cottage where ‘Sense and Sensibility’ was filmed. Nearby St Nectan’s Church has been a landmark for sailors for generations with its tower believed to be the highest in Devon.

Hartland Quay

It is one of the most dramatic landscapes in the UK with the highest granite cliffs overlooking Atlantic rollers. Take a walk along the coastal path here for wonderful views of the rugged coastline, astonishing folded and compressed rock formations, jutting ribs in the sand and waterfalls and inland moorland, heath and wooded valleys.

Screda Cove
Spekes Mill Mouth

North Devon is often overlooked in favour of its southern neighbour, but it is a stunning part of the county. And much less traffic.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

31 thoughts on “A – Z of Locations: H is for Hartland Quay”

  1. Ooh, this looks like a wonderful area, with the sort of dramatic coastal scenery I love! Funny, when I read ‘Hartland Quay’ I expected somewhere much more populated, like a fishing village or even a major port, so this came as a particularly lovely surprise!

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