Spekes Mill Mouth
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Speke's Mill Mouth lies about a mile south of Hartland Quay on the North Devon coast.
Well worth the twenty minute walk south along the cliffs, the main feature of the area is the dramatic waterfall that plunges from the cliffs sixty feet to the beach below.
West-facing, the beach lies between St. Catherine's Tor to the north and Brownspear Point to the south. The long crescent shaped beach of jagged rocks and pebbles can be accessed by steps and even offers a little sand at low tide.
One of Devon's lesser known beaches, Speke's Mill is often frequented by dedicated surfers who enjoy riding the break from the reef. It still manages to offer somewhere to get away from it all and relax.
Geologists will enjoy the dramatic coastline and investigating the linear reefs that run seaward.
Speke's Mill Mouth lies within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The valley behind the beach is part of the UNESCO North Devon Biosphere Reserve, indicating that its flora and fauna are of international importance.
Parking is best advised at Hartland Quay. No facilities. Dogs are permitted all year round.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Interesting geology
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: