The Heddon Valley – an easy walk to Heddon’s Mouth


Heddon Valley looking towards Heddon Mouth by Diane Sambrook | CC BY-SA 2.0 | Wikimedia Commons

This is an easy walk and should take you around 2 hours. It is a great walk for both you and your dog.

Park up near the National Trust shop, keeping it on your right. Walk down the road towards the Hunter’s Inn. Keeping the Inn to your right, follow the road over the River Heddon. The road curves up to the left and then to the right over the stone bridge.

Go past the stone bridge for about 30 metres and then turn right and go through the gate along the footpath signed Heddon’s Mouth. Follow these signs all the way to the beach.

Follow the footpath until you reach the next gate. Make sure you look across the river into the meadow and up into the woodland to your left. There are some lovely oak trees, ash and you may spot some white beams. If you are really lucky you will see an otter in the river, or even dippers, grey wagtails and herons.

Go through the gate and carry on straight. You will pass by a traditional dry stone wall, which is always lovely to see. Carry on past the wooden bridge. The valley now opens out in front of you. It is a beautiful sight, colourful heather in August, and in early autumn bright yellow gorse flowers.

As you go past the top, where there is a slight incline, the path reaches its end at the beach. Do not enter the kiln, as it is not safe.

This is a great view down to the pebble beach, up to the top of the cliffs and back along the valley behind you. Make sure you stop for a while on the bench. It is a lovely place for a picnic. Very restful with waves crashing on the beach, and plenty of birdsong.

Your dogs will appreciate a walk down onto the beach, but please make sure you keep away from the base of the cliffs.

Once you have had your fill of fresh air, the smells and sights of the beach, retrace your steps back up the valley. Keep the river on your left, and eventually you will get back to the National Trust shop and car park.

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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