The Southwest Coast Path

Hartland makes an ideal base for ramblers who are making their way around the South West Coast Path. The twelve mile stretch of coastal path around the Hartland Peninsula, from Clovelly to Marsland Mouth is truly spectacular. Plenty of easy access points mean that you can chose the distance to suit you.

Stoke via Hartland

This route follows some ancient tracks and passes by some ancient farmsteads. On reaching the South West Coast Path the walk becomes more strenuous as you traverse six deep valleys along the way. You will also see some amazing sedimentary rock formations with the strata often being tilted upright. You will pass through two sea-dissected valleys, where the erosion of the sea has broken through to a valley before the point that it originally met the sea. This enabled the river to take a more direct line to the sea, abandoning its original route, leaving a short section of dry valley. You will also see one of the best waterfalls to be visible on the whole of the South West Coast Path.

Fact File:

  • Highlights include:
  • St Nectan’s Church,
  • Hartland Abbey,
  • Hartland Point lighthouse,
  • Twisted rock formations,
  • Hartland Quay,
  • Speke’s Mill waterfall


Start Grid ref: SS 234 247

Distance: 8.3 miles, circular

Height gained/lost: 549 metres, starts moderate, becomes strenuous in parts along the coastline, ending moderate to easy.

Highest Point: 121 metres

Lowest Point: 12 metres

Toilets: Stoke, Hartland Quay

Eating Places: Hartland Point and Stoke (in season), Hartland Quay

Time required: 4hr 45 min, plus stops