Hunter's Inn wild play area

As part of the National Trust’s acquisition of the Hunter’s Inn, a new wild play area has been built by our rangers and volunteers, hidden in the trees of the Inn’s garden. 

The wild play area winds its way alongside the river Heddon, through tall trees and past ponds, but it is only a hop, skip and a jump away from the Hunter’s Inn for some well-deserved refreshments for your little explorers, and perhaps a local ale for the adults!

The wild play area has reused wood from beech trees that were felled in the Valley for safety reasons, and gives the timber a new life as a source of adventure and exploration for children.

Skilled wood carver Gary Orange has transformed the tree trunks that form the backbone of the play area by carving wild and wonderful animals into them, many of which can be spotted for real in the valley by the patient little explorer. 

The wild fun doesn’t stop in the play area though. A gentle waymarked walk takes you through mossy woods, over footbridges perfect for pooh sticks, and down to the sea, where there are plenty of stones for skimming.

For more information about walking routes in and around Heddon Valley, see our walks section on the Heddon website, where you can discover route ideas and print out directions.

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