Heddon’s Valley is voted Top Dog Walk in the West

Heddon’s Mouth wooded walk in Exmoor National Park has long been a favourite with walkers – in fact, the Romantic poets Wordsworth, Coleriedge and Shelley often walked this beautiful stretch of Coast Path, taking
inspiration from the landscape as they went. Now Heddon’s Mouth has beaten off competition from a host of dog walks, from Brixham in Devon to the Lizard in Cornwall, to be voted the best dog walk in the West by walkers of the South West Coast Path.

Dartmouth-based TV explorer and expert diver Monty Halls, who walks the Coast Path regularly with his dog Reuben, says of the winning walk:

“It’s easy to see why the Heddon’s Mouth wooded walk was voted the best by dog owners - the scenery is breathtaking, starting in an ancient wood along a babbling stream, and then winding down to the sea through spectacularly plunging hillsides. Dogs love the freedom and open space to run about and there’s plenty of scope for sniffing and exploring in among the gorse and bracken. And their owners obviously love it too!” 

One lucky voter, Alison Moreland from Shepperton in Middlesex, whose dog Pepper will receive a year’s supply of Laughing Dog dog food for nominating Heddon’s Mouth, said:

“It is rare to have a level walk to the beach, and to be able to walk down on one side of the river and back on the other adds variety. It really is a special place to let your dog stretch its legs!”

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Pictured above: the lucky dog Pepper who receives a year's supply of Laughing Dog Food!

Top right: Lennie the Labradoodle enjoying a walk in the Heddon Valley.

Find out more about the Heddon Valley from The National Trust, which owns and manages this stretch of Coast Path through Exmoor National Park.

Published on: Feb. 18, 2013