Towering cliffs, coves and a wooded valley within Exmoor National Park

Heddon Valley, set in the West Exmoor coast, was the favourite landscape of the Romantic Poets including Wordsworth and Coleridge.

When you arrive, why not follow the deep, lush wooded river valley down to the sea at Heddon's Mouth beach – a great walk for all the family. Or explore further east to Woody Bay, a quiet and wooded cove with spectacular views over the Bristol Channel. To the west, the Hangman Hills boast towering sea cliffs and beautiful moorland scenery, offering energetic walking and wonderful views over Combe Martin.

As well as spectacular coastal and woodland walks, there is also a pantry (selling hot drinks and ice creams), car park and toilets in Heddon Valley itself.

Heddon Valley Near Parracombe EX31 4PY


Countryside Mobility Six miles of towering cliffs and secluded coves, wooded river valleys and heather moorland in Exmoor National Park. There are two Tramper routes available:

Hunters Inn to Heddon’s Mouth - 1.5 miles there and back. A delightful route alongside the River Heddon to Heddon’s Mouth culminating with a view point overlooking the stony beach. Thanks to recent investment in an improved trail and new bridge, this is now a circular route.

Victorian Carriageway towards Woody Bay - 4 miles there and back. Offers some of the finest coastal views in the South West. Starting at near sea level you climb gradually to 720 feet with an ever expanding and impressive view. Tramper users must be accompanied by a non-disabled person for safety reasons at this site.

  • Due to the more challenging terrain, we recommend that you have prior experience of using the Tramper
  • Path surfaces – stones, grass, muddy patches, uneven in places
  • Path gradients – flat and hilly stretches
  • A couple of gates along the trails The Tramper is available from 10am to 4.30pm everyday.

A small shop and ice cream parlour is open on site during the summer season and the Hunter’s Inn is open all year.

Opening times - The Tramper hire service operates from the National Trust so is not generally available during winter months but is available 7 days a week between April and September. Please check the NT Heddon Valley website for details.

The Tramper has been provided with financial support from the Exmoor National Park Sustainable Development Fund, provided by DEFRA.

Hire fee - £5 per day 

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