British Beaches

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Hartland Quay Beach

Bideford, Devon

Set in a bay, the beach at Hartland Quay also has a small harbour approached by a slipway. A backdrop of spectacular cliff scenery gives way to pebbles and rocks with sand exposed by the retreating tide. There are coves and waterfalls at the beach.

Beach Type

Pebbles and rocks


Shops and a slipway


Surfing fishing
Snorkelling and sea canoeing
There is no zoning for water sports

Nature and Wildlife

The South West Coast Path follows high cliffs southwards to Speke's Mill Mouth. To the north. there are pleasant circular walks to Hartland Point. There are lots of good rockpools and falcons nest on the cliffs.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is occasionally cleaned manually and there are no litter bins.


Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 1st May to 30th September.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Bideford Tourist Information Centre Victoria Park The Quay Bideford Tel: 01237 477676 Fax: 01237 421853 Email : [email protected]


Nearest town: Bideford
County: Devon
Latitude/Longitude: 50.995, -4.53258
Postcode: EX39 6DB
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Bideford, Devon at Explore Britain.


From the A39 turn onto the B3248 which leads to Hartland. There are signs to Hartland Quay.

Public Transport

There are buses to Hartland but the nearest train station is Barnstaple. 26 miles away.


There is pay parking for 50 cars.

Nearby Car Parks

Ford Hill, Titchberry (Unknown stay).
About 1.8 miles away
Hartland Fire Station, Hartland (Unknown stay).
About 2.1 miles away
The Square, Hartland (Unknown stay).
About 2.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Bideford