Heddon's Mouth

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Heddon’s Mouth

Heddon’s Mouth[1] is a rocky cove on the coast of North Devon, England, about a mile down the River Heddon from the Hunter’s Inn.[2] It is preserved for the nation by the National Trust.[3]

In previous times it was a popular venue for smugglers,[4] but is now a popular destination for ramblers.[5] In 1885 a Mr E.D. Weedon was awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Bronze Medal for saving the life of Mr T. Groves at the locality.[6] In 1923 a pleasure steamer that had just left Ilfracombe broke its rudder and began to drift out to sea, but was towed to the cove and its 400 passengers safely decanted.[7]

The cove is so isolated that during World War II, a German U-Boat captain was able to allow his men ashore for relaxation without fear of detection.[8]


  1. ^ At Ordnance Survey Grid reference SS 665 497
  2. ^ Hotel web site
  3. ^ National trust catalogue
  4. ^ AA Illustrated Guide to Britain’s Coast(Basingstoke, Drive Publications,1984) p16
  5. ^ Ramblers circular walk
  6. ^ The Times, Thursday, Aug 27, 1885; pg. 5; Issue 31536; col C REWARDS FOR SAVING LIFE
  7. ^ The Times, Friday, Aug 24, 1923; pg. 5; Issue 43428; col D Mishap To Pleasure Steamer. 400 Passengers' Night On Board
  8. ^ Britain's Best Quiet Beaches

Coordinates: 51°13′45″N 3°55′39″W / 51.22917°N 3.92750°W / 51.22917; -3.92750