Four landscape views of Heddon Valley in North Devon
Nestled in the middle of the Exmoor national park, Heddon Valley is renowned for its natural beauty.
In spring the meadows by the river are filled with wildflowers, home to the rare butterfly has declined 90 per cent since the 1970s largely due to the ending of woodland coppicing. The woods and meadows in the Heddon Valley are maintained by us to encourage breeding. The best season to spot this beautiful butterfly is between mid-June and early July.
The towering cliffs at either side of Heddon's Mouth are some of the highest in England. They are made from Devonian sandstone and are almost 400 million years old. During the last Ice Age the summer thawing of the top layer of permafrost resulted in a slow flow of loose rock and soil downslope, clearly visible as large areas of scree today. The best views are from Highveer point looking along the coast past Woody Bay to Foreland Point.
As you walk back along the valley the sides reach seemingly endlessly upwards allowing you to fully appreciate its scale. Vast stretches of Common and Bell heather light up the slopes in August and in early autumn the air is tinged with the coconut smell of bright yellow gorse flowers.