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Hunter’s Inn And Heddon Valley Walk, North Devon Walks, England, UK

Hunter's Inn And Heddon Valley Walk - North Devon Walks

Hunter’s Inn And Heddon Valley Walk was about 6 miles in distance and located in Exmoor National Park. The terrain of this route included: coast path, tracks and woodland paths; short sections of quiet lanes; and one steep ascent with short sections of scree. There were no stiles on this route.

On this walk a steep climb at Heddon’s Mouth Cleave in Heddon Valley is rewarded with outstanding aerial views of this deep rocky valley and the beach below from Peter Rock. Along the South West Coast Path there are more dramatic views of Exmoor’s high cliffs, both to the east and west. The return route is via deep woodland and offers a significant contrast to the first part of the walk.

The Heddon Valley and the link River Heddon at Hunter’s Inn is a particularly narrow, steep-sided and isolated valley and access is only by similarly narrow, steep and twisting lanes.

Starting from Hunter’s Inn, leg one headed north into Heddon Valley by road, woodland and coast paths via Heddon’s Mouth Cleave to Peter Rock. Leg two headed south west along the coastal path and then veered inland on paths and tracks to a lane.

Leg three headed south east by lane, hillside track and woodland path to a lane. To complete the walk the fourth and final leg turned north east on lanes and a woodland path back to Hunter’s Inn.

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Hunter’s Inn And Heddon Valley Walk Route

The Hunter’s Inn And Heddon Valley Walk route was circular in an anti-clockwise direction with four legs.

Leg 1

On this first leg we started from the car park near Hunter’s Inn, heading north into Heddon Valley by road, woodland and coast paths via Heddon’s Mouth Cleave to Peter Rock.

  1. To begin we turned left out of the car park entrance and walked down the road towards Hunter’s Inn.
  2. We then took the Combe Martin Road to the left of the Inn.
  3. We followed the road for about 300 metres and crossed a bridge over the River Heddon.
  4. Shortly after the bridge we turned right through a kissing-gate on a path, signed “Footpath Heddon’s Mouth.”
  5. After about 450 metres we veered left uphill on the South West Coast Path, signed “Coastpath Combe Martin.”
  6. After passing through a gate, the steep ascent up Heddon’s Mouth Cleave was relieved by zig-zags and we had to be careful under foot due to loose stones.
  7. The path levelled out towards Peter Rock on the coast where we had a wonderful viewpoint.

Leg 2

Having walked about 1 mile to this point, the second leg headed south west on the coast path; then veered inland on paths and tracks to a lane.

  1. We followed the coast path south west along the high cliffs for about 2.25 miles, ignoring several side turnings to the left and passing through a gate.
  2. On passing through a second gate through a stone wall we turned inland.
  3. The path led us uphill through bracken and gorse, passing through a gate and joining a path from the left.
  4. The path led us through a gap in a wall and continued uphill towards Holdstone Down and became rough under foot with stones.
  5. After about 200 metres more, this stony path met a broad track and there was a short wooden post with an acorn logo on the left at the junction.
  6. Here we turned sharp left and follow a track past a chalet to reach a Tarmac lane.

Leg 3

At around the 3.5 miles mark, the third leg headed south east by lane, hillside track and woodland path to a lane.

  1. We turned right here and followed the lane for about 150 metres.
  2. Here we turned left on to broad track over Trentishoe Down, signed “Permitted Path Ladies Mile.”
  3. After about 700 metres on this track, where if it curved away to the right, we veered left at short post bearing white arrow.
  4. Following this grassy path downhill through bracken and gorse led us into woodland.
  5. Continuing on the path through the woodland the path descended quite steeply to meet a broader path.
  6. Turning sharp right on this broad path we soon arrived at a Tarmac lane.

Leg 4

Having walked about 4.5 miles to this point, the fourth and final leg headed north east on lanes and a woodland path back to Hunter’s Inn.

  1. We turned left along the lane for about 750 metres, to a point where the lane started to rise, then veered right on a path signed, “Public Footpath Hunter’s Inn.”
  2. Continuing ahead on this broad woodland path, we followed a series of “Hunter’s Inn” signs and ignoring any side turnings.
  3. We passed a footbridge on the right and soon reached a Tarmac lane.
  4. Turning right along the lane we returned to Hunter’s Inn on the left and continued ahead to turn right back into the car park.

When Done & With Whom

I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Berrynarbor hiking holiday during November 2013. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Berrynarbor, North Devon to the start location of Hunter’s Inn, Heddon Valley, North Devon and parked in the car park opposite the National Trust Shop and Information Centre at grid reference SS655480, which was also the start location of the hike.

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