Heddon Valley spring nature trail

This Easter the National Trust are offering a way for young nature lovers to find out about the secrets the picturesque Heddon Valley has to offer. The much-loved wooded valley, which takes you down to the sea, offers lots of wildlife for budding young explorers to discover.

Do you know your dippers from your ducks?
Dipper on a rock at Heddon Valley

Known as a spot for otters, butterflies and delightful dippers, the new trail is a great way to get children engaged in the natural world around them.

We’re really lucky to have so much amazing wildlife on our doorstep. Heddon Valley has some superb habitats such as costal heathlands and oakwoods, and supports strong populations of red deer, dormouse and otter. It’s also one of only four sites in the UK where the rare High Brown Fritillary butterfly thrives in good numbers.

" Spring is a great time to spot flora and fauna in the valley, and we want to educate children about some of this special wildlife in a fun and engaging way. "
- Josey Field, Academy Ranger

The 2-mile circular trail is an easy, pushchair friendly route that takes in stunning scenery such as wooded combes and coastal vistas. Children are encouraged to ‘act like explorers’, using their nature passports to discover clues, information and activities along the way.

The trail runs for the whole two-week Easter break, 1 April - 17 April, between 10.30am and 3pm. £1 per trail from the National Trust shop.

Can you spot an otter?
Otter