About the Hartland Heritage Coast and Ruby Country
This is a coast less visited by mass tourism, but special in the hearts of many locals. A coast of rugged beauty, of gale lashed rocks and boulder beaches, where thrift and sea campion bloom on the rabbit-grazed sward, of sea caves and waterfalls, where the ocean's erosion has cut away the lower river bed. Fronding lichens grow in unpolluted air. Oakwood combes aflush with wildflowers in greater abundance here than anywhere else in North Devon.
Visit Hartland Abbey and walk to Blackpool Cove; savour the extraordinary geological formations (and the beer) at Hartland Quay; walk the Clovelly coast past Angels' Wings to discover "The Cave" and return to a crab salad by the harbour at Clovelly - and keep your eyes peeled all the while for dolphins or seals or sunfish.
The Hartland Quay Hotel
One mile south of Hartland Point lighthouse, 16 miles west of Bideford. Tavern offering choice of bar meals, good for families with kids. Stunning landscape. Rock pools. Sea caves. Seals and sea birds. Include a walk along the coast path or a visit to Hartland Abbey (historic house).
Stoke Barton Farm
Stoke, Hartland, 15 miles west of Bideford. Summer only.
Many local people reckon that Mrs Davey's cream teas are the finest in North Devon. If you don't want scones and cream, there is a wide choice of cakes - try the carrot and orange cake!