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Heddon Valley A Short Accessible Walk in North Devon

Heddon Valley A Short Accessible Walk in North Devon

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!

Heddon Valley A Short Accessible Walk in North Devon

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.

Heddon Valley North Devon Accesible Short Walk

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.

Heddon Valley A Short Accessible Walk in North Devon tramper

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).

Heddon Valley A Short Accessible Walk in North Devon National Tramper Hire
Heddon Valley A Short Accessible Walk in North Devon National beach


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.

Heddon Valley A Short Accessible Walk in North Devon National river
Heddon Valley A Short Accessible Walk in North Devon National Hunters Inn

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?

If you are looking for more walks there are plenty to try out in my Walks archive. You might also have noticed I’m quite a fan of the National Trust and recently visited Stourhead in Wiltshire.

A few more photos of the Land Girls

Heddon Valley A Short Accessible Walk in North Devon National hens

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Whether you are on holiday, recently moved to the region or like me live here and realise that there are great places a just few miles away that seem to have passed you by, then I hope you enjoy reading this.


  1. Vicky

    What a wonderful recommendation, as a family we’re always looking for new walks around Devon – especially ones with good pubs at the end of them. Your outfits look fab, what a fun idea 🙂

  2. Birgit | Groove Is In The Heart

    What a fun idea for a hen weekend! It looks like a lovely walk with beautiful scenery. And what a bonus that the car park is near a pub, ha ha!

  3. Lynsey

    We rarely visit North Devon, but this is a must for the bucket list! thank you x

  4. Agness of a Tuk Tuk

    Such a picturesque and awe-inspiring place for walking and hiking, Clare. North Devon seems like a great place to explore. When’s the best time of the year to go hiking there?

    • mm

      It really depends on what you like – winter is fine as long as you wrap up warm, especially for the short walk. Personally Spring and Autumn are my favourite times, lovely colours and lots to see.

  5. Natalie Williams

    I love how you find these amazing locations to walk.


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Clare Flipflops or WelliesHi! I am Clare and I live in glorious East Devon with my family. I love finding new places to explore in the West Country as well as further afield. I hope you enjoy reading and taking inspiration from my blog.

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