The famous and most beautiful waterfall on the north Devon coast is that of Spekes Mill Mouth.
The two streams that rise on the high ground of Bursdon Moor meet near Lymebridge and wind their way through the secluded Spekes Valley before cascading down a shear rock face sixty feet, through a series of four smaller falls before finely reaching the sea.
The breezy cliff-top grassland of the Hartland coast support a variety of interesting plant life, some of which are rare and local to this area. One in particular is the early scurvy-grass a specialty of the north west Devon coast.
This is also the ideal spot to watch the spectacular aerial display of the peregrine falcons, as they scream overhead at speeds approaching two hundred miles per hour.
Arial view of Hartland Quay
This shows the natural view of the site. Life Rock in the foreground and behind it
the ledge on which the Quay buildings were erected , now a hotel and pub offering
good food, local ale and also host to a maritime museum, showing the colourful history of this once thriving little port. The southward course of the sea-eroded valley can be traced in the middle distance.
The hamlet of Stoke and the Church of St. Nectan
Known as the “Cathedral of North Devon”, the view from the church tower shows Hartland Abbey set in this beautiful valley with its many enchanting and delightful walks. In the distance is the picturesque village of Hartland, which accommodates three pubs, a post office, general store, garage, bakery, potteries and craft shops.
Walk through ten acres of wild and unspoilt woodland on our farm with wild orchid, bluebells and many other varieties of plant and wildlife in abundance
Listen to the plaintiff call of the buzzard, look out for the illusive dipper as it follows the course of the stream, you may be lucky and see a wild deer. Bring your wellies.
The Romans called this wind blasted headland “Promontory of Hercules.” It is here between January and March that large flocks of the great Northern black and red throated Divers are seen. From April to September the mass movement of Manx Shearwater pass over these turbulent waters on passage to rich feeding grounds.