The beach at Hartland Quay on the North Devon coast mixes large pebbles and shingle with some decent stretches of sand beneath towering cliffs.
The beach is accessed by taking the Hartland turning off the A39, then continuing seaward on the narrow road pass the hamlet of Stoke. A large car park is located above the beach.
On closer inspection, the spectacular cliffs can be seen to have been contorted by geological forces millions of years ago. Hardy sheep graze the cliffs seeming to be at home on the near vertical rock faces.
Hartland Quay was built in the 16th century but subsequently destroyed by storms. The Shipwreck Museum contains more information about this dramatic stretch of coast.
There is a gift shop, toilets and a café selling local ice cream as well as an hotel containing the 'Wrecker’s Retreat' pub.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Interesting geology
✘ Total dog ban
OS Explorer Map 126: Clovelly & Hartland
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: