The Heritage Hartland Coast of North Devon and Cornwall has to be one of my favorite sunset locations in the UK. If you want dramatic rock formations for your seascapes then you won’t be disappointed. I have three goto locations here that I will visit often, they are Hartland Quay, Welcombe Mouth, and Sandymouth.
All three locations have lots to offer, but can be a little tide dependant. Relatively easy to access, with available parking is a plus too, after traveling down some of the area’s great small country lanes.
Below are some of my favorite shots from these locations…
Hartland Quay, DEVON
Hartland Quay is the most popular of the area’s to visit and the most well-known. This might be something to do with there being a hotel at this location, at least you can get a drink after? Very busy in summer months.
Fighting the Tide – Hartland Quay
Hartland Mono – A black and white of Hartland Quay
Intrepid Photographers – Hartland Quay
Devon Extremes – A long exposure at Hartland Quay
Natural Lighting – Hartland Quay
Welcombe Mouth, Devon
Welcombe Mouth has to be the most remote of the three I think. There is however a National Trust car park above the beach. Its popular in the summer with campers and surfers staying overnight. There is also a fair size stream that feeds into the sea here, quite a spectacular waterfall too in the right conditions.
Red Sky Rocks – The stunning Welcombe Mouth provides the location of this after sunset picture. The rock formation reflecting the red sky combined with the long exposure misty sea makes this a very unique North Devon view.
Welcombe Mono – Long Exposure
Welcombe Milkyway – Not much light pollution here.
North Devon Fire
Flow and Webb – Welcombe Mouth
Another popular location, and in the summer months you will be sharing the beach with the tourists. There is toilets and a café here open in the high season, and a huge car park. This is a popular surfing location too. Here we also have a couple little streams cascading over the cliffs onto the beach.
Cornish Dreams – I do love editing the shots I take. I enjoy the editing process almost as much as the taking of the shots. Often in my mind I see the final edit as I am taking the shot, or should i say, I take the shot to achieve the vision I have.
Sandymouth Flare – Amongst the rock pools
Cornish Coastal Calm Colour – A seascape taken at Sandymouth in Cornwall.
Cornish Coastal Moods – In one evening spent on the Cornish coast at Sandymouth, the lighting and colours changed so many times…
Skies Reflected – This seascape from Sandy Mouth near Bude, Cornwall, took on a a whole new set of colours after the sun had set.
Surfer Sunset – Not much colour in the sunset this evening, the surfers still enjoyed themselves.
On the Beach – Sandymouth, Cornwall
Aurora Borealis Devon – On the 17th of March 2015, the whole of the UK was able to see the Aurora Borealis if you were in a cloudless area. I was working down in the South West area of the UK, and after getting the alert that it was happening, packed my kit and headed out. It was not as far south as me, to be overhead but was very visible in the night sky.