GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Heddon Valley Walks

2 miles (3.5 km)

Enjoy an easy waterside walk through the beautiful Heddon Valley in Exmoor. The riverside footpath leads through woodland before the beautiful coast and cliffs of Heddon's mouth come in to view.
The walk starts at the National Trust car park and heads north through Heddon's Mouth Wood to the coast through Heddon's mouth with its imposing cliffs. The point where the valley opens out to reveal the sea and cliffs is really lovely. The path then leads down to the pebble beach where you will find a 19th century lime kiln.
The area is great for wildlife spotting. Look out for otters and various birds suchs asdippers, grey wagtails and herons. In summer the area is covered with yellow gorse flowers and heather.
If you would like to extend your walking in the area then you could head east towards Trentishoe Down for views of the beautiful Elwill Bay. You could also climb the Hangman Hills for tremendous views over Combe Martin. If you head east you will find the lovely wooded cove at Woody Bay with a secluded pebble beach.

Postcode

EX31 4PY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Heddon Valley OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Heddon Valley Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Hunter's Inn is a popular pub for walkers. The fine country inn serves good home cooked food and includes 4 acres of enchanting gardens. You can find them in the valley at postcode EX31 4PY.

Dog Walking

The wooded valley is ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see other owners on your visit. The Hunter's Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Exmoor Walks and the North Devon Coast Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

The Heddon Valley looking towards Heddon's Mouth - geograph.org.uk - 747872

The Heddon Valley looking towards Heddon's Mouth with pretty yellow gorse in the foreground.

Bridge over the River Heddon - geograph.org.uk - 1603965

This stone bridge carries the South West Coast Path over the River Heddon in Heddon Valley.

Hillside, above the Heddon Valley - geograph.org.uk - 2530594

Hillside, above the Valley

Heddon valley - geograph.org.uk - 1287295

Martinhoe Bridleway 1 runs beside some ponds at this point, a little north of the Hunter's Inn.

Footpath in the Heddon Valley - geograph.org.uk - 1603967

View of one of the woodland trails

Trentishoe, looking south over the Heddon Valley - geograph.org.uk - 49265

Trentishoe, looking south over the Valley. Seen from the footpath that runs around the hill east from Trentishoe church.

Descending into Heddon's Valley - geograph.org.uk - 1603963

Descending into the valley

Heddon valley at Milltown - geograph.org.uk - 1287310

Milltown. The valley a little aboveHunter's Inn. The road remains on the valley floor across this square, but then rises sharply to the east.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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