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The Clubhouse at Belfairs - Leigh on Sea


a Seaside Town in the county of Essex

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in the county of Devon

About Hartland Quay

The beauty of Hartland Quay is only eclipsed by the rugged cliffs which loom above it. Gazing on the quay today when the ocean is becalmed, it is hard to imagine what it must have been like in the day's of great sailors such as Sir Francis Drake, who together with friends paid for the building of a harbour here in the 16th-century. The grandeur of the gleaming ocean flowing gently against the towering cliffs, draws the eye away from the all too often scene of a turbulent, rain lashed sea, pounding wildly against the cliffs, it is this awesome sight which time after time has caused brave sailors to be wary of this daunting part of the north Devonshire coastline.

A few enchanting cottages remain from yester-year, some at one time, occupied by coastguards and their families. Apart from fabulous walks above the harbour which offer outstanding views of the wild coast and swirling ocean, the best views from a building must be those from the Hartland Quay Hotel. The building has been a hotel since 1886, it has many original features and modern day facilities and although the building belongs firmly to the past, it looks to the future and is licensed for weddings. It is hard to imagine a more idyllic spot in which to tie the knot! It rivals scenery from anywhere in the world.

Of the area around Hartland Quay, Stoke is interesting for its fine 14th-century church built with a massive tower used in by-gone days as a day-mark for ships. It is a lovely old church and worthy of a visit, it shows many relics from an ancient past including a memorial to the founder of Penquin Books, Sir Allen Lane. Other inland villages include; Milford, Philham and Elmscott, all are set in the surrounding spacious countryside and show an interesting array of picturesque properties and lovely meadows grazed by sleepy cattle and sheep.

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Hartland Bay

Hartland (49 Pictures) in the county of Devon

(2.2 miles, 3.6 km, direction E of Hartland Quay)

There is not a lot to beat the sound of waves crashing against the rocky promontory which was known by the Roman's as the "Promontory of Hercules"...

Clovelly main street.

Clovelly (320 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Devon

(5.8 miles, 9.3 km, direction E of Hartland Quay)

Clovelly is beautiful, it retains an 'Olde Worlde' charm that even along this breathtaking coastline, is simply incomparable...

Irsha Street, Appledore, North Devon (Sept 05)

Appledore (52 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Devon

(15.3 miles, 24.6 km, direction E of Hartland Quay)

Appledore is as enchanting as its name. It is a pretty place that shows a host of colourful fishermens cottages in the narrow streets beyond the quay..

Building sandcastles on Instow Beach, North Devon

Instow (20 Pictures) in the county of Devon

(16.0 miles, 25.7 km, direction E of Hartland Quay)

Instow is a gorgeous seaside resort with a mass of golden sands backed by a delightful village clambering upwards to meet with fine wooded countryside...

Country view

Croyde (21 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Devon

(16.5 miles, 26.6 km, direction NE of Hartland Quay)

Croyde village has a scattering of thatched, colourwashed cottages and other delightful buildings, all sheltered by dunes which stand between the village and the bay...

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MS Oldenburg

Lundy Island (52 Pictures)

(13.7 miles, 22.1 km, direction NW)

Lundy means "puffin island" in Norse. It is a place of rare enchantment and great natural beauty, a precious island populated.....

The Square Garden

RHS Garden Rosemoor (35 Pictures)

(17.6 miles, 28.2 km, direction E)


Entrance of Watermouth Castle, Near Ilfracombe, Devon

Watermouth Castle (9 Pictures)

(25.2 miles, 40.6 km, direction NE)

Watermouth Castle occupies a commanding position overlooking Watermouth Bay in the lovely coastal resort of Ilfracombe. Here.....

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