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Hartland Point Circular Walk

Author - Peter Schofield

Length - 3.0 miles / 4.9 km

Ascent - 400 feet / 121 metres

Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference SS245271
Lat 51.016426 + Long -4.5034337
Postcode EX39 6AU (approx. location only)

Time prevented my walking the complete route of walk 1261 around Hartland Point so this short walk provides an opportunity to see a little of the superb coastal scenery in the area for those unable to undertake the full route.

The walk starts at the NT car park adjacent to East Titchberry Farm (grid ref. SS245271). From the CP, take the bridleway that passes the farm which dates back to the 17thC. After 250m, the South West Coastal Path is reached at Shipload Bay. Turn left along the Coastal Path as it winds its way along the cliff top offering expansive views towards Lundy Island. The route continues past an unsightly radar station to reach a small car park on the access road to Hartland Point lighthouse where refreshments are available from a kiosk at certain times of the year.

The scenery and wildlife in this area is magnificent. In the late summer when I walked it, grey seals were visible in the bay, while a peregrine falcon wheeled lazily in the thermals overhead and a couple of lizards were sunning themselves on a stile. The bushes along the path were heavily laden with lush crops of blackberries and sloes. Sadly, I wasn't carrying anything in which to collect them!

From the kiosk, follow the waymarked Coastal Path up to the coastguard station where Hartland Point lighthouse finally comes into view. The route continues along the cliff top passing a memorial to the "Glenart Castle", a hospital ship that was sunk off this coast shortly before the end of the First World War in 1918. The clear path continues along the cliff top before descending to a stile at GR SS228267.

Go left over the stile, passing a static caravan on your right to join a broad track as it gently climbs away from the sea. After 500m, go left at a track junction to continue past Blagdon Farm before shortly arriving at a tarmac lane. Turn right past the toll hut and walk along the quiet lane where the start point is reached after 1km.

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