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.
Higher Cheristow, Hartland, Bideford, EX39 6DA. Tel: 01237 440101.
Visitors are welcome to wander around the lavender garden and rose garden. The gardens are high up - you can see for miles around. Cheristow (award-winning) Tea Room, tables inside and outside, overlooking the lavender, for morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas.
Opening Times: 1Apr-31Oct, 1100-18.00; please telephone if you wish to visit the shop before April.
Admission Charges: Free
Dogs admitted: Yes (outside only) - on a lead.
Clovelly, Bideford, EX39 5TA. Tel: 01237 431781.
A unique and unspoilt fishing village on the North Devon coast with steep cobbled streets and quaint cottages. Visit the donkey stables and craft workshops. Walk the coast path west to Mouthmill Cove, via Angels' Wings and Gallantry Bower; or the Hobby Drive east towards Bucks Mills.
To make the most of your visit, start with the audio visual film (20 mins) at the Visitor Centre which tells the fascinating story of Clovelly - this will greatly enhance your understanding and appreciation of the village. Your admission ticket covers parking, the a-v film and access to two museums. There are two taverns, food is served in both. In the summertime local fishermen will offer boat trips from the harbour - seals, dolphins and sunfish are often sighted.
Opening Times: Apr-Jun, Oct, 0930-1730; Jul-Sep, 0900-1800; Nov-Feb, 1000-1600.
Admission Charges: Adult: £5.95 Child (7-16inc.): £3.75 Under 7s: free Family (2+2): £15.90
Groups of 20+: Adult: £4.70+? Child: £3.40+?
Dogs admitted: Yes.
Docton Mill Gardens
Spekes Valley, Hartland, Bideford, EX39 6EA. Tel: 01237 441369.
Working watermill of Saxon origin, 8 acres of woodland, lawns and streams. Coastal waterfalls and beach within 1400 yds of gardens.
Opening Times: 1 Mar-31 Oct, daily, 1000-1800.
Admission Charges: Adult: £3.25 Child: £1.00 Concession: £3.00
Dogs admitted: Yes - on a short lead.
The Gnome Reserve
West Putford, Holsworthy, EX22 7XE. Tel: 01409 241435.
Over 1,000 gnomes and pixies in woodland garden with stream. Wild flower garden with 250 species of wild flowers. Studio making pottery pixies, hand-painted garden gnomes.
Opening Times: 21 Mar-31 Oct, daily, 1000-1800. Gift shop also open 1 Nov-20 Mar, daily, 1000-1600.
Admission Charges: Adult: £2.95 Child 3-16yrs: £2.50 Child under 3yrs: Free Concession: £2.75
Dogs admitted: Yes - on lead with 'pooper-scooper'.
Hartland, Bideford, EX39 6DT. Tel: 01237 441264.
Hartland Abbey was built in 1157 as a monastery of the Order of St Augustine. It was the last monastery to be dissolved by Henry VIII. The King made a gift of the abbey and its lands to the Sergeant of his Wine Cellar at Hampton Court, Mr. William Abbot, in 1539. The house has undergone extensive rebuilding in the Queen Anne and Georgian periods. Although passing thrice through the female side of the family, the house and estate remains the property of the descendents of William Abbot. The house is not open every afternoon - take care in assessing the opening dates detailed below.
Opening Times: 1 Apr-2 Oct: Grounds, etc daily except Saturdays 1130-1700; House 1 Apr-20 May: Suns, Bank Holidays, Weds, Thurs; 21 May-2 Oct: Suns, Mons, Tues, Weds & Thurs; 1400-1700 last entry to house 1630.
Admission Charges: House, gardens, grounds and beachwalk Adult: £10.00 Senior: £9.50 Wheelchair user: £3.50 Child: £3.50 Under 5s: Free Family (2+3) £23.00; Gardens, grounds and beachwalk only Adult: £5.00 Senior: £4.50 Wheelchair user: £2.50 Child: £2.00 Family: £12.00;
Dogs admitted: Yes - only in the grounds (must be on leads).
Hartland Quay Shipwreck Museum
Hartland, Bideford, EX39 6DU. Tel: 01288 331353.
Coastal museum with exhibitions on shipwrecks, natural history, coastal trades, geology and history of Hartland Quay. Superb coastal views and cliff walks from the museum. Picture is an aerial photo of Hartland Quay area (the rocky Atlantic shore, cliffs, carpark and tavern)
Opening Times: 12 Apr-22, daily, 1100-1700; 27 May-30 Sep, 1100-1700.
Admission Charges: Adult: £1.00 Child: £0.50 Concession: £0.50
Dogs admitted: No.
Manor Offices, Holsworthy, EX22 6DJ. Tel: 01409 254397.
Website: Holsworthy Museum
The Museum of Rural Life is housed in part of a building which is in itself a museum piece; a small manor house dating from the 17th century. In 1724 it was used as a Parsonage. There are five separate rooms, individually themed, which cover the history of Holsworthy, local trademen's tools, medical and apothecary items, World War II and a kitchen with its original cobbled floor, copper and fireplace.
Opening Times: from 1 March 2011 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 1100-1300; and Wed 1100-1530; closed bank holidays.
Admission Charges: Adult: Free Child:Free Concession: Free
Dogs admitted: No.
Downland Farm, Clovelly, Bideford, EX39 5RY. Tel: 01237 431255.
All weather family attraction featuring Clone Zone Alien Interactive Ride and Time Warp indoor adventure play area, plus.... Dodgems, Roller coasters, Railway, Laser target shooting, Archery, Golf nets, 18 hole putting, Maze, Outdoor play area, Bird of prey centre, Falconry displays, extensive collection of vintage agricultural machinery, pets' corner, toddlers' play area - all rides and activities (except archery) covered by admission ticket. 2 cafes, tea gardens, picnic areas.
Opening Times: Apr-Oct, daily, 10.30-18.00; Nov-Mar, weekends and school holidays only, 11.00-17.00
Admission Charges: Rates vary according to season: Adult and Child over 3yrs £8.00/£11.50/£12.50 Child under 3yrs Free. Senior: £7.00/£8.50/£9.50. Booking tickets on-line will save £1/£1.50 per person.
Dogs admitted: Yes - but not at live shows, play areas or rides.