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Terrain: Long moderate hill at the beginning but then relatively level.
Refreshment: Hunters Inn pub and National Trust tea shop at starting point.
Map: Explorer OL 9

Looking back over Heddons Valley

Looking back over Heddons Mouth

Looking towards Woody Bay

Views over the Bristol Channel

  Hunters Inn and Woody Bay - Approx 6 miles

The Route: Start the walk from Hunters Inn and take the path sign posted Woody Bay leading from the right as you face the inn.

Walk along the side of the pub on the track sign posted Heddons Mouth and Woody Bay. After a short distance the track divides, here fork right towards Woody Bay. The path gently climbs up through the sessile oaks following the course of an old stage coach route.

You eventually leave the woods behind and wind up the hill with views over Heddons Mouth to your left, following the track around a combe to cross a small stream before climbing again to reach the top where the route levels out along the top of the cliffs revealing spectacular views over the Bristol Channel to your left.

The route passes the site of a Roman fortlet which was built by the Emperor Nero to keep a watch on the Silures tribe in South Wales and was rediscovered by archeologists in the 1960s.

The route follows the top of the cliffs around with views to the front of you over Woody Bay and towards Contisbury. Then the path starts to descend into woodland finally reaching a gate onto a lane, here turn left and head down the hill.

Continue down the lane for a short distance and just past a small car park turn left onto a no through road. The road drops steeply down the hill through woods before bending to the right. Here carry straight on through some bollards onto the path sign posted “coast path Hunters Inn”.

The route climbs up again through the trees passing through a small wicket gate before emerging from the woods to bend around a small combe and cross a stream by a water fall.

Following the coast closely the route continues around the cliffs with spectacular views over the sea.

Finally you bend back around the point to start your descent down to Heddons Mouth. At the bottom of the hill fork left onto the footpath towards Hunters Inn.

The path soon divides, keep to the right following the banks of the river past a small stone bridge and returning back to Hunters Inn.

 

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