The Hartland Peninsula isn’t just ideal for walking the dog, it’s also a classic example of the beauty of Devon. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has long been a favourite with walkers, and the whole peninsula is encircled by the South West Coast Path. You may find that some parts of the Hartland Peninsula look familiar as you explore, and it’ll probably because the area is popular with film and television crews, largely due to its unspoilt, rugged landscape.
In fact, Blackpool Mill Cottage, found just two miles from Hartland village was used as the home of the Dashwood ladies in the BBC adaptation of ‘Sense and Sensibility’, as well as appearing in the series ‘One Man and his Campervan’.
Hartland Abbey is an imposing historic house in the heart of the Hartland Peninsula, and its grounds are a dog walker’s paradise. These historic gardens are full of stories that bring them to life, and they’re open regularly. Dogs are welcome all year round but they must be kept on leads. Hartland Abbey is famous for its annual Snowdrop weekends, Bluebell weeks and Daffodil days which see the woodland carpeted in flowers. People visit from miles around to enjoy the spectacle and explore the ancient woodland, and picnics are welcome too.
If you love walking your dog along the beach spend some time exploring the area between Bideford Bay and Hartland, as it’s a gorgeous stretch of cliffs, woodland and valleys.
Hartland, Bideford, North Devon EX39 6DT