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Heddon's Mouth beach is a northwest-facing beach of rocks and large pebbles on the North Devon coast, roughly midway between Combe Martin and Lynmouth. The beach lies below rugged cliffs and is well worth the trek from the car park.
Situated at the end of the Heddon Valley, also known as Heddon Mouth Cleave, the beach is accessed by following a mile long (1.6 km.) wooded path on the east bank of the River Heddon from the car park of the Hunter's Inn at Parracombe.
Despite the tightly packed contours on your Ordnance Survey map, the route is surprisingly level as it runs parallel with the topography not across it.
Directions: To the right of the Inn is a track signed Heddon's Mouth. Follow the path down through woodland and where it splits keep left signed as 'Heddon's Mouth Beach'.
Cross the footbridge and head northwest towards the coast. Keep the river on your right hand side to pass beside the fenced circular structure just above the beach. This is a 18th Century lime kiln and has recently been restored by the National Trust. Follow the path as it narrows to steps and the beach.
The nearest facilities are located at the Hunter's Inn. Dogs are permitted all year round.
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Interesting geology
OS Explorer Map OL9: Exmoor
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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