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Best Culmstock Walks

Culm valley
1 hour walks
Select Your WalkWalk 1 (2.8 miles)Walk 2 (3.9 miles)Walk 2 (5.5 miles)
  Culm Valley Culmstock to Culmstock Beacon Culmstock to Culmstock Beacon

Culmstock , split by the river Culm, is joined by an impressive 5 arched bridge dating from the Middle Ages.

  • The village had a long tradition of cloth making with the Fox Brothers building a mill here in 1822 to spin yarn.
  • Part of a mill can still be seen from Blackwater Road, just past the village hall.
  • The Old Station no longer exists - it was sited beyond the  Culm Valley Inn car park.
  • The name means Farm on the river Culm
Point of InterestThe Church and Yew Tree - see below
The Old Bridge
Disused Railway
Old Mill
PubsCulm Valley Inn
parkingCulmstock residential parking , Hunter's Hill

Walk 1 Culm Valley (2.8 miles)


Culmstock Bridge
Culmstock bridge dating from the Middle Ages

This fairly easy river walk includes a steady climb and descent.

Where to Eat?
Culm Valley Inn, Culmstock

There are two bridges with steepish steps.

The Walk

A Go up Hunters Hill with primary school on your left. Continue past the new recreation grounds, also on your left.

At a road sign for Woodgate & Beacon , take the right fork.

B Continue for 790 m until - just after a bungalow on your right and before a farm - turn right onto a grassy path. If you have gone into the farm you have gone too far!

Follow this path , through a white gate standing almost on its own. Bear left keeping in line with the house you have passed until you reach the corner of a hedge

C Here you will notice a gap with a stile. Continue descending until you see a gate at the bottom with hedge on right.

D Turn right , then , almost immediately after house, turn left and follow footpath signs to the river. Cross bridge and turn right keeping river on your right. Aim towards the church.

E Keep slightly to the left to a gate then up some steps .

At the T junction near the church turn right.

Tree from TowerLook out for a yew tree sprouting out of the church tower ! It dates back to around 1750.

At the memorial turn left then right into Silver Street.

After 470 m where you meet a track on left and a drive to Woodhayne Barton on right turn right and take the footpath on right of drive.

Follow this to the river. Cross river and turn right ,

F Caution:aim towards a line of trees (an abandoned railway line) on your left - you can walk along the river for a short while but not all the way!

Keep trees on left until you join a track and follow the track until you reach Culmstock's bridge.

Turn left and continue back to the school, past the   pub!

Culmstock walk 1

Walk 1

 Walks near Culmstock
Although the walk contains one of the steepest climbs, the views and the well marked footpaths through rolling and remote landscapes make it a most enjoyable experience.
A delightful and gentle walk following a well defined footpath along the river Culm
A delightful and easy walk using part of the Grand Western Canal to Holcombe Rogus - Holcombe means Wooden Valley.


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Walk 2 Culmstock to Culmstock Beacon (3.9 miles)


Point of InterestExtensive views of the village and beyond

This delightful and somewhat invigorating 5+ mile walk starts from the village and steadily climbs up to the Beacon.


Wellies are recommended after heavy rain!

It follows quiet lanes, public footpaths & bridlepaths.

Point of InterestThe beacon was used to spot enemies, ie the Armady ships .A fire would be lit to raise the alarm.
parkingCulmstock Hunter's Hill, near school

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There is one steep descent.

Culmstock walk 2

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Walk 3 Culmstock to Culmstock Beacon (5.5 miles)



A longer and equally delightful walk to the Beacon following quiet lanes and public footpaths.



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Culmstock walk 3

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