Clovelly & Hartland

Picturesque, historic, fishing village

Clovelly is a picturesque, historic, fishing village, steeped in maritime atmosphere and once owned by the Queen of England. There are breathtaking views down the traffic-free cobbled High Street, with its flower strewn cottages, to the ancient fishing harbour with its 14th century quay. From Elizabethan times until today the estate has remained in private ownership and has been the home to the Rous family for over 400 years.

The village remains a fully functioning working fishing village, clinging to a 400 foot cliff, overlooking Bideford Bay. It has no vehicular traffic on its steeply cobbled street, just donkeys and sledges.  The man-powered sledges transport all goods to and from the village, from groceries to furniture.

The village of Hartland is the most north-westerly settlement in Devon. Not far away is Hartland Quay where the Shipwreck Museum is worth a visit. The Quay, commissioned in 1586, was a busy port, shipping coal, granite and farm produce, until it began to break up towards the end of the 19th century. Today nothing of the original quay remains. Current access to the sea and beach is provided by a slipway. Also worth a visit is Hartland Abbey.

Hartland Point Lighthouse is a Grade II listed building, now in private ownership, marking the western limit of the Bristol Channel with the Atlantic Ocean continuing to the west.