Spekes Mill Mouth

8 September 2014

The stunning beach of Spekes Mill Mouth is located on the Western coast of England in the county of Devon. This area boasts remarkable natural beauty providing you with breathtaking sights of green hills, mountainous cliffs, waterfalls and its long curved beach.

Spekes Mill Mouth Spekes Mill Mouth is the location of one the most famous waterfalls in North Devon. Photo by Wiehahn Diederichs

Spekes Mill Mouth is not a place known to many, especially tourists. If you have never been there before it is bit of a mission to find it. But luckily the area has many friendly locals that are more than happy to direct you towards the beach. It is a favourite spot among surfers who enjoy the renowned waves, a product of the reef breaks.

When I decided to visit Spekes Mill Mouth I realised that it wasn’t registered on the SATNAV or Google Maps. Later I learned that, even though this was an obstacle, it meant it was one of the most peaceful getaways you could find in England as not many make it there. So I researched the area and entered Hartland Quay into the SATNAV, the nearest area I could find to my destination. After asking my way around, I got closer and closer but I had not yet found my way to the illusive beach. It was then that I found myself on one of the many extremely narrow English country roads. I drove past a mother pushing her baby in a pram and when I asked her about Spekes Mil Mouth she replied “Oh, it’s just down the road. You will have to park your car at the gate and walk from there. Eureka! I found the gate that had a tiny sign that read “Spekes Mill House.

Once you pass through the gate it’s about a 15 min walk down the beach. It is one of the most beautiful walks I have taken in my life. You descend down a narrow path (beware of the stinging nettles!) surrounded by green fields, birds chirping and playfully flying around. As you get closer you see a creek in the distance to your right.

But the first sign that you have arrived is when you approach the edge of the cliff. Waterfalls are pouring down into large pools, the mixture of the spray and sunlight creating marvellous rainbows. And once you walk down the steps you arrive at the beach, a truly magnificent sight straight out of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel.


Wiehahn Diederichs

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” Travel has opened my mind and soul and has filled me with an insatiable thirst and curiosity for life. My passion for travel is fuelled by my love for photography and writing. Through these mediums of expression I hope to inspire people to follow their hearts and see the world. There is an entire planet filled with a variety of people and experiences waiting for us to meet them.