Heddon Vslley

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Heddon Valley Coastal Walk
Start & Finish: Heddon Valley, Devon, EX31 4PY (Map)

Why not take a trip out from us here at Bowerland to this short but challenging 3.5 mile, dog friendly walk which takes you along some of the highest and most spectacular sea cliffs in England at Heddon Valley.

The path climbs steeply upwards across to Peter’s Rock where there are far-reaching views across to Wales. Walk a little further along there are spectacular views along the coast to Great and Little Hangman and Lundy Island. There are wildflowers in abundance in spring and in August the cliffs are blanketed in purple heather.

Directions:

  • Begin your walk down the road towards the Hunter’s Inn. Keeping the Inn to your right, follow the road over the River Heddon and carry on as it curves up to the left and then to the right over the stone bridge. Please be aware of the traffic on this section. 
  • 30m past the stone bridge turn right and go through the gate along the footpath signed Heddon’s Mouth.
  • Walk down the graded track until you reach a steep path up to the left. There is a bench at the junction and a fingerpost showing the South West Coast Path acorn symbol.
  • Turn left here and follow the path as it climbs steeply up the valley side.
  • Go through the gate and stay on the path. In late spring the slope to your left is carpeted in bluebells. You can also see stitchworts, wild violets and red campions.
  • Follow the path as it levels out as you walk towards the sea, across the scree slope to Peter’s Rock. 
  • From Peter’s Rock follow the coast path round to the left with the cliffs falling away to the sea to your right – you are now walking along some of the highest sea cliffs in England. In August the cliffs along this stretch of the path are covered with purple heather, a stunning sight to see.
  • Go round the headland where you will see the wonderful coastal panorama of Holdstone Down, Great and Little Hangman, the bay of Combe Martin and on a very clear day Lundy Island.
  • Stay on the coast path round the edge of the cliff until you come to a fingerpost signed ‘South West Coast Path Combe Martin’ to your right and left to Trentishoe Church.
  • Turn left and follow the path up and over the field.
  • Follow the path keeping the dry stone wall to your right.
  • At one point you will be able to look to your left down onto the path you climbed up to Peter’s Rock. In the spring the slope that falls away down to your left is carpeted with bluebells. There is the wonderful honey-sweet smell of bluebells and bright yellow gorse flowers in the air in spring. 
  • Follow the path as it makes its way downhill to a 2-finger signpost on a tarmac lane next to the National Trust sign for Trentishoe Combe.  
  • Turn left and follow the lane down through the woods.
  • When you reach the T-junction turn left signed Hunter’s Inn ¼ mile.
  • Follow this road back to your starting point at the National Trust gift shop and ice cream parlour.

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