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Gentle Walk to Heddon’s Mouth

A serene stroll through ancient woodland alongside the murmuring River Heddon, until it embraces the sea, framed by England’s lofty cliffs. Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Heddon Valley offers a safe haven to a variety of wildlife including otters & rare butterflies. Heddon Valley is also where you will find a 19th century lime kiln on the beach.

Time: 1 hour

Distance: 2 miles

Route: Easy

View of sea from Heddons Mouth

The Route

Start: Heddon Valley National Trust Shop, grid ref SS655480

From the National Trust Shop walk towards the Hunters Inn, while keeping the inn on your right follow the road over the River Heddon. Follow the road as it curves up to the left & then to the right over the stone bridge.

Approx 30m past the stone bridge turn right & go through the gate. Continue along the footpath signed Heddon’s Mouth.

Continue along the path until you reach the next gate, from here you might be lucky enough to see an otter in the river or dippers, grey wagtails & herons.

Carry on straight through the gate, continue straight, go past the wooden bridge where the valley will then open out. In August you’ll see stretches of beautiful heather up the slopes.

There will be a slight incline on the path, beyond the top of the incline you will reach the 19th century lime kiln at the beach—for your own safety do not enter the kiln.

From here you will have sensational views over the pebble beach of Heddon Mouth, there is a well placed bench to rest your feet & enjoy the view.

When you are ready to head back retrace your steps back up the valley, keep the river on your left back to the National Trust shop & car park.