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From Hartland Quay to Hartland Point
Cove near Hartland Quay
One of the beautiful coves along the dramatic North Devon coastline near Hartland Quay
This three mile mile walk along the South West Coast Path affords some of the best views in the region. The walk from Hartland Quay to Hartland Point isn't the easiest - there are lots of undulations - but if you do it on a fine day, you'll be glad you made the effort!
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The South West Coast Path is 630 miles long.

It starts in Minehead, Somerset, and ends in Poole, Dorset.

It's the longest national trail in Britain, and takes in the entire north and south coasts of Devon and Cornwall.

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This really is a "must do" walk for visitors and local people alike.

The North Devon coast is hugely dramatic - in fact, the camera hardly does it justice.

The stretch of South West Coast Path between Hartland Quay and Hartland Point is breathtaking - there's no other word for it.

And the coves and cliff formations manage to be both beautiful and dramatic all at the same time.

Dramatic cliffs near Hartland Quay
The dramatic cliffs near Hartland Quay
The three mile walk itself is quite tough. The path is full of ups and downs - and some of them are very steep. Starting at Hartland Quay, where there are car parks, the coast path northwards to Hartland Point is clearly marked.

Don't be fooled by the start of the walk here - a lovely flat field! This is the last you'll see of such easy terrain.

In this field at Warren Cliff, you'll encounter the ruins of an old tower which looks completely incongruous.

Then it's downhilll, uphill, downhill, uphill pretty much all the way.

The valley up to Stoke
The valley up to Stoke village

But it's this which helps to make the walk such fun.

The views are stunning, whichever way you look - up or down the coast. And on a sunny day, the sea looks out of this world.

You also get to walk through some lovely green valleys with views up to the village of Stoke at the top.

Towards the end of the walk, you'll see the eye-catching lighthouse at Hartland.

The lighthouse at Hartland Point
The lighthouse at Hartland Point

And all the way along this stretch of path, you can see Lundy in the distance.

It's best viewed from Hartland Point right at the end of the walk.

You'll need to wear walking boots for this walk, and the path can be a bit awkward when very dry. During wet weather, it can be a bit soggy!

If you want to do the walk the other way around - from Hartland Point to Hartland Quay - you can do that as well because there is a car park at Hartland Point.

It takes between 90 minutes and two hours, depending on pace and stops. You need to be reasonably fit.

To see more pictures of this fantastic area, take a look at our feature on Jo Bishop, who we caught up with at Hartland as she walked around Devon's boundaries in a marathan charity trek.

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