The peninsula which surrounds the remote North Devon village of Hartland, where the waters of the Bristol Channel meet the Atlantic ocean is wild, rugged and beautiful and is yet another of Devon's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

A remote spot, down some very narrow Devon lanes, Hartland Quay is a former harbour dating back to the reign of Henry VIII.  A major storm completely destroyed the harbour in the 19th century and it was never rebuilt. This is unsurprising as it's an incredibly exposed location, and experiences some of the roughest seas in North Devon. There is little there now except the old customs house which has been a hotel since the destruction of the harbour.

This incredibly rugged part of the coast has amazing geology – the cliffs in the background of the photo above shows a spectacular sequence of folded rocks known as the Crackington formation. These were formed 320 million years ago during a mountain building phase in the Earth’s history caused by the collision of two continents. This collision went on to form the supercontinent called Pangea, which contained all the earth’s landmass in one huge continent. And it was in the arid deserts at the centre of this supercontinent where the iconic red Devon sandstones that we see today at places like Dawlish in South Devon were formed.  

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