The Hartland Peninsula
This trail centres around the Hartland Peninsula. With both Hartland Abbey and Docton Mill Gardens in their prime during spring, you are in for a treat. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has some of the most spectacular walking in the British Isles taking in fantastic coastal scenery, shady lanes, ancient woodlands, sheltered footpaths, traditional bridleways and open moors.
Hartland Abbey runs Daffodil, Bluebell and Tulip trails during March and April with plenty of activities for the kids during Easter. There’s a really good walk to Blackpool Mill, which starred as ‘Barton Cottage’ in the BBC adaptation of ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and in BBC’s ‘The Night Manager’ by John Le Carre. Walk along stunning woodland paths through wild flowers to the Gazebo and the restored Woodland Summer House.
At Hartland Abbey’s Old Kitchen Tea Room you can enjoy lovely homemade scones, jam and cream, pavlova and cakes in the grounds of the beautiful house and gardens.
St Nectan’s Church, Stoke, between Hartland Abbey and Hartland Quay, is known as the ‘Cathedral of North Devon’ due to its massive size and wonderful rood screen and is well worth a visit
Voted best cream tea in Devon, Docton Mill Gardens and Tea Room also offers a range of local, homemade lunches. The award-winning gardens are spectacular in spring. The wild flower gardens are situated in a stunning valley, 1000m from the coast. In spring there are glorious displays of narcissi, primulas, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas with bluebells covering the woods.
Enjoy a visit to dramatic, historic Hartland Quay and a good pub lunch in the cosy Wrecker's Retreat Bar. Across the lane from the hotel there is a gift shop and a wonderful Shipwreck Museum dedicated to the local area and its association with the sea.
Pop into Hartland village and to The Old Bakery Coffee Shop, sited in the old village bakery, which serves delicious coffees and drinks, locally sourced breakfasts, lunches and a tempting selection of homemade cakes.