“Hartland is still an almost unknown country, although its scenery is more beautiful and its history more interesting than any other place in North Devon” Pearse Chope (1934) Farthest From Railways: An Unknown Corner of Devon
The Hartland Peninsula may be less isolated than it was in Pearse Chope’s day, but it remains one of the least known areas of Devon. It is set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by woodland and rolling countryside under two miles from the breathtaking coastal scenery of north-west Devon.
Despite its rural setting, the village is well connected to the surrounding area with buses to several towns (Bude, 14 miles, Bideford, 13.7 miles and Barnstaple, 22.6 miles) and a volunteer transport service.
These days the village includes a Post Office; a general store; a medical centre with its own dispensary; pubs; cafes; potteries; art studios and a monthly farmers market. There are many community events, including classes in art; yoga; dance; a town brass band and WI. Hartland is also famed for its annual carnival, which draws visitors from far and wide.
Hartland has also recently become home for the publication of Resurgence and The Ecologist Magazine. The Resurgence Trust has completed refurbishment of the former Small School in the village. The new Centre will host local and national programmes of education and learning on the the environment, social justice and sustainability.