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Docton Mill Gardens are situated in a stunning valley 1000 metres from the North Devon Atlantic Heritage coast. There is a delightful walk from Lymebridge and Milford through Spekes Valley, on the tip of the Hartland Peninsula. Docton Mill is just down stream from the famous Spekes Mill Mouth waterfall and the beach. If you have walked "over the top" from Hartland Quay along the coast path, Docton Mill Tearooms will make a pleasant break for refreshments, light lunches or cream teas. There is an easier route, by car however, from Bideford or Bude via the A39, Atlantic Highway. The Gardens are open daily and are particularly vibrant in the Springtime when full of Narcissi, Primulas, Camellias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas with Bluebells and Ransoms covering the woods. In the Summertime, the Herbaceous border and Rose bank come into bloom as seen in the photos featured which were taken on a visit in June 2008. This was a special day when fundraising and flora came together on a "Gardens for the Lifeboats" open day. What a great way to enjoy spectacular surroundings whilst raising much needed funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Also included are photos of the walk down to Spekes Mill Waterfall from Milford taken on the 17th April 2010 on the day the Swallows arrived (Visit our blog North Devon Coast and Country Chronicle - Swallows and Waterfalls).
Useful Links: Docton Mill History. Local Map Weatherproof Clovelly & Hartland OS E126
Directions: From Bideford A39, follow the tourist signs to Hartland and Stoke. Take the left turn for Elmscott just before you reach the red telephone box.

Docton Mill Tearoom photo copyright Pat Adams
RNLI Open Dayat Docton Millphoto copyright Pat Adams support Gardens for Lifeboats photo copyright Pat Adams
Docton Mill Gardens in June 2008 photo copyright Pat Adams Docton Mill Gardens photo copyright Pat Adams
Docton Mill Gardens June 2008 photo copyright Pat Adams
Day out at Docton Mill June 2008 photo copyright Pat Adams Mill Wheel at Docton photo August 2004 photo copyright Pat Adams
Water Lillies at Docton photo copyright Pat Adams
Docton Mill  Pond photo copyright Pat Adams
Docton Mill August 2004 photo copyright Pat Adams
Spekes Valley Milford photo copyright Pat Adams August 04 Home from Home - A bed of thorns!
Milford near Spekes Valley photo  coopyright Pat Adams
Bluebells at Milford  photo copyright Pat Adams Docton Mill Robin August 2004 photo copyright Pat Adams
Coast path above Spekes Waterfall photo copyright Pat Adams
Spekes Valley photo copyright Pat Adams South West Coast Path waymark to Hartland Quay photo  copyright Pat Adams
Spekes Valley Milford Water photo copyright Pat Adams Over the Top - Spekes Waterfall photo copyright Pat Adams
Coast Path to Welcombe Mouth photo copyright Pat Adams
Spekes Mill Waterfall photo copyright Brett Adams Spekes Valley walk to Welcombe photo copyright Pat Adams

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