Heddon Valley, a Short Accessible Walk in North Devon
A weekend away led me to explore a small area of North Devon. Managed by the National Trust, Heddon Valley near Coombe Martin offers a short accessible walk to the South West Coast Path as well various longer options.
Even more ideal is that the National Trust car park at Heddon is just metres from a lovely pub!
Our group was on a hen weekend and the theme was 1940’s. We dressed with varying degrees of authenticity as Land Girls (I suspect Hunter wellies may not have been available then!).
We got a few nods and smiles with most people guessing what this lively bunch of ladies were meant to be.
The area around Heddon Valley is stunning. We only had time for the short walk to Heddon Mouth (about a mile each way). This easy walk along side the river and out to the craggy small beach was beautiful. Initially through the trees and then it gave way to autumn colours of gorse and bracken as it opened out to the coast.
You can walk down one side of the river and back up the other side – the National Trust website offers a route map. There are information boards and a NT shop you can ask for advice in if needed.
An Accessible Walk Suitable for a Mobility Tramper
The walk down to Heddon’s Mouth consists of moderately level gravel and is maintained for trampers and pushchairs.
Two all-terrain mobility trampers are available to hire, with two routes to choose from you can get out to Heddon’s Mouth, or out on the carriageway to Woody Bay. Look on the National Trust website for details (click here).
The rocky cove at Heddon’s Mouth is a great place for exploring and photo opportunities.
An Ideal Walk for All Ages
The 2 mile walk is manageable for young children on this easy path. I love the fact that this area also has the options for at least 2 other more challenging walks of 5 or 6 miles. That would definitely be more deserving of the excellent lunch we enjoyed at The Hunters Inn. We had pre-booked our meals as there was 11 of us. It was busy so I would advise it especially on the weekends.
This walk is just off the South West Coast Path, a challenging section from Combe Martin to Lynton which takes in the Valley of the Rocks.
With two cars pre-positioned it would make a great walk from Lynton to the Hunters Inn and one I am keen to do. It really is a stunning part of the coastline.
The post code for the National Trust car park is EX31 4PY. The roads to reach it are quite narrow and windy but don’t be put off.
More To Explore
So if you are on holiday or looking for a lovely day out on the North Devon coast of Exmoor then this a great place to visit. Beautiful scenery, interesting local places to visit such as Lynton and Lynmouth or the pretty seaside village of Combe Martin. I am definitely going to head back and explore the area some more.
Have you been to North Devon or Exmoor? What places can you recommend?