Cirencester Ramblers

April 14th Ilfracombe short walk

On Saturday 14th April 22 members and guests went on a 5½ mile walk from the NT car park near Hunters Inn in the Heddon Valley. 


We made our way down the valley by the River Heddon until we reached the South West Coast Path.  Taking the path there was a long steady climb to Heddon's Mouth where we could just make out those on the long walk on the other side of the valley. 


We continued on this narrow part of the SWCP which makes its way along the steeply sloping cliff side.  At this point the sea mist was rolling up the cliff side and across the path.  As the mist cleared we were treated to the dramatic views of the coastline and a waterfall as Hollow Brook tumbles down the cliff side to the sea. 


As we approached Woody Bay we stopped for a coffee break while enjoying the views below into the bay.  When the SWCP reached the lane we had another steep climb to reach the old Victorian Carriage Drive which leads back to Hunters Inn. 


Those on the long and short walks start from Hunters Inn

Walking alongside the River Heddon

A steep climb on the South West Coast Path to Heddon Mouth

The sea mist rolls up the cliff as we reach the coast

We reach the hollow brook waterfall

Coffee break looking down on Woody Bay

Walking back on the carriage drive provided lots of cliff top views

Back at Hunters Inn we enjoy a drink and ice cream