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

The Heddon Valley set in the West Exmoor coast was the favourite landscape of the Romantic Poets. Follow the deep, lush wooded river valley down to the sea at Heddon's Mouth beach – a great walk for all of 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 an information centre and gift shop, car park and toilets in Heddon Valley itself.

Stay with us

Stay in one of our holiday cottages or, if you are a larger group, our bunkhouse.


Discover more of what Watersmeet can offer on one of our lovely Exmoor walks.

Join an event

See what events we have on offer throughout the year.

Countryside mobility

For those with limited mobility, hire our all-terrain tramper to explore more.

North Devon

As well as the Heddon Valley the National Trust manages a variety of places along the North Devon coast.

Ice cream anyone?

This receipe makes a desert that the whole family are sure to enjoy © National Trust

 Discover the delight of locally made ice cream from our shop in the Heddon Valley

Saviour of the Coast

Lead Ranger Julian plays on the beach as a child © Julian Gurney

 Lead ranger Julian Gurney takes us on a journey through the past to discover why the North Devon coast is so special to him.