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Exmoor National Park - Heddon Valley Exmoor

  • Jul 12, 2013 · 10:15 AM
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Walk length 11 miles/17.7 km approx. Circular.

This walk takes in a mixture of coastal paths and wooded valleys across a picturesque part of the Exmoor National park using the Heddon Valley.

Some of the land on this walk is owned by the National Trust and the areas are categorized as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, the cliffs are some of the highest in England, with scree-covered slopes rising over 800ft.

There is a great deal of wildlife from coastal birds such as razorbills, guillemots and kittiwake to forest birds such woodpeckers and wood warblers in the oak woodland.

This walk uses parts of some major paths such as The South West Coast Path (England's longest waymarked path, 630 miles) and the Tarka Trail a 163 mile walk and cycle path containing landscapes associated with the famous novel Tarka the Otter, written by Henry Williamson in 1927.

One of a series of four walks taking in the beautiful countryside of the Exmoor National Park, covering coast, woodland and moors. (Others include Dunkery Beacon Sat Jul 13, Lynmouth Coast and Bay Sun Jul 14 and Doone Valley Mon Jul 15).


Meet outside The Hunters Inn (photo right), Heddon Valley, Exmoor, North Devon, EX31 4PY (grid ref SS[masked]) at 10.15am for the walk to start at 10.30am. National Trust Car Park and Roadside Parking close. Please check for any parking restrictions.

Cost for the four days is £20 or £5 for each day (guided walks and admin costs). Transport, accommodation, food must be arranged by yourselves on an individual basis. You can pay £5 per day for each walk that you want to attend, please email us if you wish to do this. This can be paid in advance or on the day See Payment

A number of accommodation options exist for the weekend


Doone Valley Campsite

Oaremead Farm,
Oare, Brendon, Lynton
North Devon
EX35 6NU
Tel. [masked]
See Doone Valley Campsite

Hotels and B&B
The Stag Hunters Hotel
Exmoor, North Devon EX35 6PS
Tel. [masked]

The Rockford Inn
Lynmouth, Exmoor
Lynton, Devon EX35 6PT
Tel. [masked]

Other Campsites, B&Bs and hostels may be available.

Lunch & Finish:
Please bring a packed lunch and water for each walk. Each walk should finish at about 4.30pm and include a 30 min snack lunch stop andpub at the end, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (we have a relaxed pace which includes sightseeing and photography).

Meeting & Transport:
No public transport for these walks, transport by car and car sharing.

Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon[masked] and Colin 07709305681.

Dog Policy: As a group we allow and enjoy dogs on our walks however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy

Walking Safety:Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk.Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking boots (not trainers), warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. No one will be allowed on any of the  walks without appropriate gear. Please see our Terms and Conditions

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  • Corinne

    Sorry Colin, I should have updated this last night. I am walking Sat & Sun. Corinne

    July 12, 2013

  • Colin

    Another dry day with prolonged periods of sunshine and light winds making it feel very warm in many places. (Forecast for Exmoor).

    July 11, 2013

  • Anna H.

    Can't make Friday but will be driving down early on Sat morning to join the group.

    July 9, 2013

  • Jeremy W.

    I can no longer make the Friday walk. Will drive up Friday to walk the remaining ones.

    June 23, 2013

    • Sylwia

      Hi Jeremy, fancy driving together on Friday? I also can only do the Saturday and Sunday hikes.

      July 7, 2013

    • Jeremy W.

      Hi Sylwia. I can drive you down Friday. I am doing the Monday walk as well fyi, so not sure if that will work for you on the return leg? I have a dog and a fair bit of camping gear to fit in, but should have plenty of room.

      July 8, 2013

  • Jeremy W.

    Sorry the wrong day. I can't make Friday, but can make Monday 15th.

    July 8, 2013

  • Jeremy W.

    I have managed to sort getting my son to school, so I can make this now :-)

    July 8, 2013

  • Daksha P.

    Would it be ok to join you for Saturday and Sunday only, if I can share car with someone?

    May 19, 2013

    • Isabelle

      That'd be great! :)

      May 20, 2013

    • Sylwia

      Hi Daksha, I'd like to leave on Friday and come back on Sunday, do you want to arrange to drive there together?

      July 7, 2013

  • Colin

    Message from Leon who is already at the Doone Valley Campsite. The campsite is very nice with good facilities, but there is a second campsite very close called Cloud Farm, make sure you are in the right campsite! also the usual bad mobile phone reception. lets hope the weather keeps!

    July 5, 2013

  • Sophie M.

    Who's camping then?

    July 3, 2013

    • Colin

      I'm Camping, at least six of us so far are camping, the rest are B&B or coming for just odd days.

      July 3, 2013

    • Isabelle

      Leon & I are camping :)

      July 3, 2013

  • Anna H.

    Hope to make the entire weekend but will have to confirm nearer the time.

    June 17, 2013

  • LucyLucy

    Love to join Friday and Saturday. I saw your policy and hope my shoes will be ok as done all hiking with them and these are the best i have tried, even if not exactly the hiking onces.. Looking forward lucy

    June 11, 2013

  • Ellen P.

    My plus one is coming on Sunday & Monday only now, due to work commitments - looking forward to it :-)

    May 21, 2013

  • Dave

    Sunday and Monday only.

    May 20, 2013

  • Dave

    Oh b****r!!t Can't make this one either. :-(( Every other Saturday is out for me........

    May 12, 2013

    • Leila

      D - excellent - go for it!

      May 19, 2013

    • Dave

      Okay, okay, I will........

      1 · May 20, 2013

  • Tara

    I may just do Friday and Saturday

    May 20, 2013

  • Ellen P.

    I may have a plus 2 on one of the days if that's ok, the in-laws live locally, and one or maybe both would like to join us!

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    May be for now...

    May 13, 2013

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