Spekes Mill Mouth Waterfall
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Getting ThereAccess is very simple; just park at Hartland Quay and follow the SWCP south along the coast, past St Catherine's Tor, until you reach a wide grassy area above the falls. I recommend parking at the free parking area on the plateau above the quay itself - between the Quay and the hotel. There are no toilets or other facilities, but the parking area is directly on the trail, and there is an information panel showing the route. An Ordnance Survey map is handy, but not at all necessary, as the trail is very well signposted and well-used, so there's no possibility of getting lost.
A reasonably fit person can make the walk in about 20 minutes one way - or 30 if you stop to take photos every few steps like I do! The walk can easily be extended to create a longer circular walk, or simply as part of exploring the SWCP.
The Castle FollyFor an added extra, you can follow the SWCP north from the Hartland Quay car park, to an eye-catching folly in the shape of a ruined medieval castle on top of the cliffs. The 'castle' (marked as 'Tower' on Ordnance Survey maps) was built for the owners of Hartland Abbey, which is just visible in the valley below. The castle is extremely easy to reach, taking no more than 5 minutes of fairly level walking from the Hartland Hotel, and is directly on the coast path. From the hilltop you can also see the very prominent landmark of the church tower in Stoke village. Given the height of the tower and how easy it is to spot from the clifftop, you can appreciate why the church gained the moniker 'The Cathedral of North Devon'.
About Spekes Mill Mouth Waterfall
Address: Hartland Quay, Hartland, Devon, England, EX39 6DB
Attraction Type: Countryside - Waterfall
Location: On the South West Coast Path, 1 mile south of Hartland Quay
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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