What to do & Where to go

South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path covers 630 miles from Minehead on Exmoor around the Cornish Coastline finishing on the shores of Poole Harbour in Dorset. The coastpath is teeming with wildlife, beauty spots, geology and heritage. Only a few minutes away from Elmscott, the South West Coast Path is perfect for walkers


Speke's Mill

Just a short walk from the Hostel, Speke’s Mill is a gem, situated in a pretty leafy valley. With its waterfall cascading down to the sea and the long curved sandy beach frequently used by surfers and bathers. A wonderful spot to visit.

Ivyleaf Golfcourse

Set on a hilltop in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Ivtleaf Golfcourse overlooks an incredible vista of the north cornwall coast. The 9 hole course can be played in under one and a half hours and provides a fantastic break allowing you to relax and brush up on your game.


Bude - Surfing

Well known for it's surfing community, Bude is a fantastic resort for surfers of all abilities. Within easy reach of Elmscott, either by car or via the seasonal bus service, Bude can offer a fantastic day out at the beach.


Hartland Carnival

Info about Hartland Carnival – takes place every August. For more details check out the web site:


Hartand Abbey

Only one mile from Hartland Quay, Hartland Abbey lies across a narrow, sheltered valley which winds its way to the spectacular Atlantic Coast. Within a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ visitors may wander around the beautiful gardens and grounds which lead to the rocky cove. Peacocks and guinea fowl roam at will, whilst donkeys and Black Welsh Mountain sheep graze the Old Deer Park.


Hartland Quay

The views at Hartland Quay are breath-taking, an easy walk from the Hostel passing through Speke’s Mill. The rock formations are a sight to be seen. Once a working port, coal was brought up on donkeys and loaded onto horse and carts, then transported to the market town of Bideford. Hartland Quay offers pub lunches in the Wreckers Retreat. Across from the pub there is a gift shop and an interesting Shipwreck Museum. Hartland Quay is a great place to end your walk.


St. Nectan's Church, Stoke

The beautiful church of St Nectan’s is situated in the hamlet of Stoke, two miles from the village of Hartland, and one mile from Hartland Quay. The Church is known as the Cathedral of North Devon; inside the Church can be found a wonderful rood screen and a painted ceiling, with other outstanding features.

The tower is 29 metres high and has been a landmark for shipping. It is the highest tower in North Devon and beyond. Nearby is Stoke Barton Tearoom which is opened during the summer season. Stoke is well worth a visit.

Docton Mill Gardens

Just a just 10 minute walk from the Youth Hostel is award-winning Docton Mills, enjoy exploring the fabulous gardens and sampling one of the finest Devon cream teas.


Elmscott Youth Hostel
Elmscott, Hartland
Devon, EX39 6ES

Tel: 01237 441367
01237 441276