Things to see and do in the Heddon Valley

The Heddon Valley, is a deep, lush wooded river valley or 'combe' running down to the sea. Visit our shop and information centre and make use of our car park and toilets. A great way to start your exploration of this part of West Exmoor.

Enjoy stunning coastal views at Heddon's Mouth
View at Heddons Mouth, Heddon Valley
Enjoy stunning coastal views at Heddon's Mouth

Heddon's Mouth

Just a short walk from the Heddon Valley National Trust car park, visiting Heddon's Mouth is a must do. Follow the path alongside the river, enjoying the shade from gnarly sessile oaks, opening out to sheer scree slopes which dominate the skyline. The pebbly beach at Heddon's Mouth is ever changing and dramatic.
Experience the tranquility for yourself thanks to our ranger's video clip.
Beautiful Woody Bay
Woody Bay sea view
Beautiful Woody Bay

Woody Bay

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle, Woody Bay is the perfect location. Walk down the steep track to this secluded pebble beach which is towered over by looming cliffs, and listen to the sounds of seabirds. A fantastic place for a wild swim or a quiet family picnic.
The Hangman Hills on Exmoor
Hangman Hills Exmoor Heddon Valley
The Hangman Hills on Exmoor

Hangman Hills

Towering sea cliffs and spectacular moorland scenery offering energetic walking and wonderful views over Combe Martin and the Bristol Channel. The miners' paths and old iron ore works at Blackstone Point evoke a long mining history.

Holdstone and Trentishoe Downs

These, apparently unspoilt, heathlands have been marked by human activity for millennia. With evidence of Bronze Age huts and cairns, there is also more recent archaeology: Military exercises took place here in the 1940s, and beneath the heather lie the remains of mortar positions, a tank turret and shell casings.
Views into the Heddon Valley from Highveer Point
Highveer Point near Heddon Valley
Views into the Heddon Valley from Highveer Point


Explore on foot with one of our downloadable walking routes. There is something for all abilities.

Planning your visit

With six circular walks, and a wealth of information on the history, wildlife, and archaeology of the area, our walks leaflet is a useful planning guide as well as a lovely souvenir. The leaflet can be purchased from our shops for £2, or if you would like to buy before you visit please email us to order a copy.