Things to see and do at Bideford Bay and Hartland

There's so much to explore around Bideford Bay and Hartland.


Burrough Farm, Northam

Burrough Farm on the edge of Northam consists of several fields which slope down to the low wooded cliffs of the Torridge estuary, with a small cove and an area of ancient tidal marshland. Wrecks can be seen at low tide. To explore this tiny countryside gem try our trail.
OS Grid Ref SS455290
Estuary view from Burrough Farm
Overlooking estuary flats


Kipling Tors, Westward Ho!

Kipling Tors is the gorse covered hill which sits above Westward Ho! The hill was dedicated to Rudyard Kipling and was given to us by the Kipling Memorial Fund in 1938.
Discover the old lookout on the Tors, a stunning viewpoint, which was recently bought to life by local school children.
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Peppercombe is a peaceful wooded valley leading to Peppercombe Beach. Bought in 1988 from the Pine-Coffin family who had owned it since the time of Henry II (1154 - 1189), the valley is a mixture of woodland, scrub and grassland with rare wildflowers and butterflies in season.
OS Grid Ref SS382240

Bucks Mills

Bucks Mills is a fishing village which winds it's way down to the sea to a pebble beach with a waterfall, the remains of lime kilns and great rockpools to enjoy. In 2007, we also took ownership of 'The Cabin' on the beach slipway, an artistic retreat for Mary Stella Edwards and Judith Ackland.
OS Grid Ref SS35423


Brownsham Moors is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, with a mixture of different habitats including wet and dry grassland, with rare plant species like the yellow bartsia which is only found very locally in the South West, and the rare Cornish moneywort. Lovely quiet walks from our car park.
OS Grid SS285259

Windbury Head

Windbury Head Camp is an Iron Age enclosure on the summit of the Beckland Cliffs at 142m above sea level.
Its precarious position on a promontory means that part of the site has been lost as a result of cliff erosion. Walk from Brownsham or easily reached from the South West Coast Path.
OS Grid Ref SS287267

Peace Park, Clovelly

Mount Pleasant is a small park surrounded by trees, with an amazing view of Bideford Bay. It was given to us in 1921 by Mrs Christine Hamlyn in memory of people connected to the Great War 1914 - 1918. Clovelly's enhanting car-free village is well worth a visit (entrance fee applies).
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East Titchberry & Shipload Bay

East Titchberry Farm lies immediately east of Hartland Point and was given to us by Miss Abraham in 1943. It includes farmland and buildings as well as a beautiful stretch of coast. A short walk from the car park is Shipload Bay, well worth a look for its dramatic rocks and visiting seals.
OS Grid Ref SS244270

Welcombe Mouth & South Hole

Only a recent aquisition, Welcombe Mouth is a secluded beach, reached by rough unmade road. With lovely fine sand from mid-tide and fantastic rockpools, it's a beautiful place to escape to, with the nearby Embury Beacon and South Hole to explore.
OS Grid Ref SS212179

Events close to here

From a guided walk, to a cruise with the setting sun or building a giant grasshopper on the beach, we have events for all ages and appetites.

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A bright artistic future and past

Each year at the Bucks Mills cabin, with the help of specialised artists, we are aiming to keep the artistic heritage of the cabin alive through contemporary arts projects. We are in the process of building web pages which will capture details of the projects, past and present, at the cabin, and will let you know how you can get involved. Keep checking these pages or email Hannah Jefferson, Visitor Services Manager, for more information.
Email Hannah Jefferson for more information.