Walking & Cycling

Family Cycling along the Railway Line

Family Cycling

Raddon Top

Canal Family walk

Family walk

View across Church Field

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Walking & Cycling

short | Moderate

Cullompton Circular Walk No 2

An easy to follow route consisting of just less than 3 gently undulating miles of track, footpath and country lane.  BE WARNED - Parts of the walk can be muddy after the rain.

  • Cullompton & The Culm Valley
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly

Read more about the Cullompton Circular Walk No 2 route

short | Easy

Tiverton Merchants' Trail

In its heyday (1500 - 1750), Tiverton was famous for the manufacture of woollen cloth. Thousands found work and merchants grew rich. Their Trail can be followed around the town of today.

  • Tiverton & The Exe Valley
  • Family Friendly

Read more about the Tiverton Merchants' Trail route

short | Easy

Cullompton Town Trail

  • Cullompton & The Culm Valley
  • Family Friendly

Read more about the Cullompton Town Trail route

medium | Challenging

Buzzards Woodland

  • Tiverton & The Exe Valley
  • Dog Friendly

Read more about the Buzzards Woodland route

medium | Moderate

Kennerleigh circular walk to Woolfardisworthy

Kennerleigh circular walk to Woolfardisworthy

3 1/2 miles (5.75km)

Warning: some livestock in the fields and can be boggy in places with stiles

Meander through the Mid Devon Countryside and discover the beautiful views and farm life along the way.

  • Crediton & The Creedy Valley
  • Bampton & The Exmoor Fringe
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly

Read more about the Kennerleigh circular walk to Woolfardisworthy route

medium | Challenging

Winsford Hill to Tarr Steps

  • Bampton & The Exmoor Fringe

Read more about the Winsford Hill to Tarr Steps route

medium | Challenging

Hemyock to Dunkeswell Abbey

Hemyock to Dunkeswell Abbey countryside walk - welcome to the Blackdown Hills of Outstanding Natural Beauty

  • Cullompton & The Culm Valley
  • Dog Friendly

Read more about the Hemyock to Dunkeswell Abbey route

long | Challenging

Culmstock Beacon from Hemyock

Visit Culmstock Beacon; a stone signal station built to warn of the Spanish Armada in 1588. This is a challenging 6 mile route consisting of some difficult terrain, miles of track, footpath and country lane.

  • Cullompton & The Culm Valley
  • Dog Friendly

Read more about the Culmstock Beacon from Hemyock route

short | Easy

Swan's Neck Circular

A short scenic stroll which gives walkers a great taste of the Grand Western Canal.

  • Tiverton & The Exe Valley
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly

Read more about the Swan's Neck Circular route

short | Challenging

Cadbury Castle

  • Crediton & The Creedy Valley
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly

Read more about the Cadbury Castle route

medium | Moderate

Chawleigh Walk 3

This circular walk surrounds the Mid Devon idyll of Chawleigh. This is a tranquil walk with a 13th century church, rolling fields, sunken country lanes, glimpses of Exmoor  and views of Little Dart Valley, Taw Valley and Dartmoor.

  • Crediton & The Creedy Valley

Read more about the Chawleigh Walk 3 route

medium | Challenging

Hemyock to Wellington Monument

A strenuous 9km (5.5 mile) walk, well rewarded with lovely views of the Culm Valley looking west and spectacular views of the Quantocks and beyond from the Wellington Monument.

  • Cullompton & The Culm Valley
  • Dog Friendly

Read more about the Hemyock to Wellington Monument route

medium | Easy

Hemyock to Ashculme and Clayhidon

The Hemyock to Ashculme and Clayhidon route is a fairly gentle 7.5 km walk with an opportunity to visit a nature reserve and a pub.

  • Cullompton & The Culm Valley
  • Dog Friendly

Read more about the Hemyock to Ashculme and Clayhidon route

short | Easy

Morchard Bishop Walk 1

Morchard Bishop Walk 1 is varied, passing through the village with its long row of 18th century cottages and fine 15th century church and then through pleasant fields and pastures with splendid views of Dartmoor.

  • Crediton & The Creedy Valley
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly

Read more about the Morchard Bishop Walk 1 route

short | Easy

Morchard Bishop Walk 2

Morchard Bishop Walk 2 is varied passing through hilly fields and woodland and then continuing by road or old track. There are views of Dartmoor and, in the far distance, Exmoor.

  • Tiverton & The Exe Valley
  • Cullompton & The Culm Valley
  • Crediton & The Creedy Valley
  • Bampton & The Exmoor Fringe

Read more about the Morchard Bishop Walk 2 route

short | Moderate

Chawleigh Walk 1

Chawleigh Walk 1 uses a combination of quiet lanes and field paths with splendid views of Mid Devon countryside and of Dartmoor National Park.

  • Crediton & The Creedy Valley
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly

Read more about the Chawleigh Walk 1 route

short | Moderate

Chawleigh Walk 2

Chawleigh Walk 2 follows a route along quiet country roads and across fields taking in outstanding views of the surrounding countryside, including the two National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor.

  • Crediton & The Creedy Valley
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly

Read more about the Chawleigh Walk 2 route

short | Moderate

Bampton Circular 1

Bampton Walk 1 provides many reminders of Bampton's industrial past and some panoramic views across the town.

  • Bampton & The Exmoor Fringe

Read more about the Bampton Circular 1 route

short | Easy

Burlescombe to Holcombe Rogus

The Burlescombe to Holcombe Rogus walk is a 3 mile varied route using the Grand Western Canal towpath, footpaths across farmland and quiet country lanes, passing through beautiful Mid Devon countryside and villages.

  • Tiverton & The Exe Valley
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly

Read more about the Burlescombe to Holcombe Rogus route

medium | Challenging

Bampton Walk 2

  • Bampton & The Exmoor Fringe

Read more about the Bampton Walk 2 route

long | Challenging

Devonshire Heartland Way

The Devonshire Heartland Way is an inland route of 45 miles from Okehampton to Stoke Canon for walkers to enjoy. It mainly uses ancient footpaths and bridleways and in some places, minor country roads.

  • Tiverton & The Exe Valley
  • Crediton & The Creedy Valley
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly

Read more about the Devonshire Heartland Way route

long | Challenging

Two Moors Way

The Two Moors Way is a 102 mile walk coast-to-coast from Ivybridge to Lynmouth.  The route can be extended to 117 miles, connecting the South West Coast Path from the Erme-Plym Trail at Wembury to Ivybridge.

The route crosses through Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks and explores the stunning West Country scenery.

  • Tiverton & The Exe Valley
  • Crediton & The Creedy Valley
  • Bampton & The Exmoor Fringe
  • Dog Friendly

Read more about the Two Moors Way route

medium | Moderate

Hemyock, Uffculme and Culmstock Circuit

A leisurely 11 mile cycle ride (with a climb near the start), with an optional shorter route of 7 miles

  • Cullompton & The Culm Valley

Read more about the Hemyock, Uffculme and Culmstock Circuit route

long | Easy

Grand Western Canal Circular

This is a flat, leisurely route following the scenic Grand Western Canal from Tiverton Parkway Station, returning along the National Cycle Network Route 3 on and off the towpath through the pretty villages of Halberton and Sampford Peverell.

  • Tiverton & The Exe Valley

Read more about the Grand Western Canal Circular route

medium | Moderate

Churchinford, Upottery and Culm Valley Circuit

  • Cullompton & The Culm Valley

Read more about the Churchinford, Upottery and Culm Valley Circuit route

short | Challenging

Tiverton to Bampton

  • Tiverton & The Exe Valley

Read more about the Tiverton to Bampton route

long | Moderate

Crediton to Woolfardisworthy

This 18 mile route explores the rolling country north of Crediton. It takes in some extremely attractive scenery and spectacular views, although there are some steep climbs! There are also some interesting churches along the route.

  • Crediton & The Creedy Valley

Read more about the Crediton to Woolfardisworthy route

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Market Street Car Park

  • Medium Stay Car Park
  • Public toilets located in car park
  • RingGo Zone: 2998
  • Number of spaces: 27
  • Number of Disabled Spaces: 0
  • Number of Motorcycle Spaces:

All toilets with facilities for disabled users are fitted with RADAR locks. RADAR locks are a national key scheme whereby one key fits all RADAR locks through the country. Keys can be purchased from our offices in Mid Devon.

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Sampford Peverell Public Toilets

Public conveniences in Sampford Peverell.

  • Disabled Facilities

By vehicle, you access the car park via Lower Town road.  The toilet is situated in the recreational play area.

RADAR Locks

All toilets with facilities for disabled users are fitted with RADAR locks. RADAR locks are a national key scheme whereby one key fits all RADAR locks through the country. Keys can be purchased from our offices in Mid Devon.

Disabled toilet facility.

  • RECREATION GROUND SAMPFORD PEVERELL
  • 7AM - 7PM
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Cullompton Station Road Public Toilet

Public conveniences in Cullompton Town Centre.

  • Disabled Facilities

By vehicle, you access the car park via Station road and park in Forge way car park.

RADAR Locks

All toilets with facilities for disabled users are fitted with RADAR locks. RADAR locks are a national key scheme whereby one key fits all RADAR locks through the country. Keys can be purchased from our offices in Mid Devon.

Disabled toilet facility.

  • Station road, Cullompton, Devon, Ex15
  • 7am to 7pm
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Cullompton High Street Toilet

Public toilet available at the Town Hall

  • 1 High Street, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 1AB
  • 9.30am to 1.30pm Monday - Friday Except Wednesday it closes at 12:30pm
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Westexe South Car Park

  • Access onto to River Exe, Rotary Way Walk
  • Public Toilets located in Car Park
  • Medium Stay Car Park
  • RingGo Zone: 2995
  • Number of Spaces: 47
  • Number of Disabled Spaces: 2
  • Number of Motorcycle Spaces: 0
  • No electric vehicle charging point when last checked
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Haddon Hill Car Park

One of the higher points in the south west of Exmoor National Park, this popular birding site overlooks Wimbleball Reservoir. Haddon Hill provides a really accessible way to experience Exmoor's wide open moorlands. It is a great place to the herd of free-roaming Exmoor Ponies that live here. The heather and gorse provide a habitat for many species of insect and during the summer, including the rare heath fritillary. The Reservoir is easily accessible from the car park.

Open access all year. Decent stoned or grass tracks although can be a little muddy after heavy rain. The path through the woodland is narrow and uneven. Toilets at car park.

  • Haddon Lane, Dulverton TA4 2DS
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Canal Basin Car Park

Please note: This is a Pay and Display car park

Facilities include: visitor information centre, horse-drawn barge trips, cafés, boat hire, gift shop and toilets

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Public Toilets, Tiverton

Public conveniences in Tiverton's Town Centre, based in the Pannier Market Car Park.

  • Disabled Facilities
  • Baby Changing Facilities

By vehicle, you access the car park via Newport Street.  However, by foot, the toilets are next to the pedestrian access off of Bampton Street.

RADAR Locks

All toilets with facilities for disabled users are fitted with RADAR locks. RADAR locks are a national key scheme whereby one key fits all RADAR locks through the country. Keys can be purchased from our offices in Mid Devon.

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High Street Car Park

  • Long Stay Car Park
  • RingGo Zone: 2988
  • Number of Spaces: 190
  • Number of Disabled Spaces: 0
  • Number of Motorcycle Spaces: 1
  • Charges Apply
  • 1 Saviour's Way, Crediton, EX17 3JU
  • 24 Hours
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Market Street Car Park

  • Medium Stay Car Park
  • Public toilets located in car park
  • RingGo Zone: 2998
  • Number of spaces: 27
  • Number of Disabled Spaces: 0
  • Number of Motorcycle Spaces:

All toilets with facilities for disabled users are fitted with RADAR locks. RADAR locks are a national key scheme whereby one key fits all RADAR locks through the country. Keys can be purchased from our offices in Mid Devon.

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High Street (St Saviour's Way) Car Park

  • Long Stay Car Park
  • RingGo Zone: 2988
  • Number of spaces: 190
  • Number of disabled spaces: 0
  • Number of motorcycle spaces: 1
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Market Street

  • Medium Stay Car Park
  • RingGo Zone: 2998
  • Number of spaces: 27
  • Number of disabled spaces: 0
  • Number of motorcycle spaces: 1
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William Street Car Park and Coach Park

  • Short Stay Car Park
  • Parking for two coaches (please book spaces via the Tiverton Tourist Information Service)
  • RingGo Zone: 2992
  • Number of spaces: 45
  • Number of Disabled spaces: 2
  • Number of Motorcycle spaces: 0
  • No electric vehicle charging point when last checked
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Phoenix House Car Park

  • Short Stay Car Park
  • RingGo Zone: 2993
  • Number of Spaces: 15
  • Number of Disabled Spaces: 4
  • Number of Motorcycle Spaces: 0
  • Public Toilets located inside Phoenix House (Mid Devon District Council Offices and Tiverton Library) subject to opening times
  • No electric vehicle charging point when last checked
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Beck's Square Car Park

  • Short Stay Car Park
  • RingGo Zone: 2990
  • Number of Spaces: 36
  • Number of Disabled Spaces: 4
  • Number of Motorcycle Spaces: 1
  • Situated next to Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, with access to Tiverton Town Centre
  • No electric vehicle charging point when last checked
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Market Place Car Park

  • Short Stay Car Park
  • RingGo Zone: 2991
  • Number of Spaces: 110
  • Number of Disabled Spaces: 12
  • Number of Motorcycle Spaces: 2
  • Situated next to Tiverton Pannier Market and Tiverton Town Centre
  • No electric vehicle charging point when last checked
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Westexe South Car Park

  • Access onto to River Exe, Rotary Way Walk
  • Public Toilets located in Car Park
  • Medium Stay Car Park
  • RingGo Zone: 2995
  • Number of Spaces: 47
  • Number of Disabled Spaces: 2
  • Number of Motorcycle Spaces: 0
  • No electric vehicle charging point when last checked
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Wellbrook Street Car Park

  • Long Stay Car Park
  • RingGo Zone: 2996
  • Number of Spaces: 27
  • Number of Disabled Spaces: 0
  • Number of Motorcycle Spaces: 0
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Multi-Storey Car Park, Tiverton

  • Long Stay Car Park
  • Max headroom: 1.90m / 6'2"
  • RingGo Zone: 2989
  • (Shopmobility on Level 6)
  • Number of spaces: 630
  • Number of disabled spaces: 9
  • Number of motorcycle spaces: 3
  • No electric vehicle charging point when last checked
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Haddon Hill Car Park

One of the higher points in the south west of Exmoor National Park, this popular birding site overlooks Wimbleball Reservoir. Haddon Hill provides a really accessible way to experience Exmoor's wide open moorlands. It is a great place to the herd of free-roaming Exmoor Ponies that live here. The heather and gorse provide a habitat for many species of insect and during the summer, including the rare heath fritillary. The Reservoir is easily accessible from the car park.

Open access all year. Decent stoned or grass tracks although can be a little muddy after heavy rain. The path through the woodland is narrow and uneven. Toilets at car park.

  • Haddon Lane, Dulverton TA4 2DS
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Manley Lane Parking Area

Small car park suitable for fewer than 10 vehicles with direct access onto the Grand Western Canal and close access to the old railway line (now a popular walking and cycle path)

  • Manley Lane, Tiverton EX16 4NJ
Sampford Peverell Play Park

Sampford Peverell Play Area and Picnic Site

  • Sampford Peverell, Tiverton EX16 7BT

Parks and Play Areas Outdoor

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Canal Basin Car Park

Please note: This is a Pay and Display car park

Facilities include: visitor information centre, horse-drawn barge trips, cafés, boat hire, gift shop and toilets

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Grand Western Canal Parking Lot

  • Burlescombe, Tiverton TA21 0NA
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Lowdwells Lock Car Park

The start (or end) of the Grand Western Canal

  • Holcombe Rogus, Wellington TA21 0JY
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Grand Western Canal Greenway Bridge Car Park

Facilities in the area include: farm shop and café

  • Halberton, Tiverton EX16 7AE
Rainbow at Tiverton Canal Car Park

Tiverton Road Bridge Car Park and Crownhill Picnic Site

Facilities in the area include: farm shop and café

  • Post Hill road, between Halberton and Tiverton, EX16 7AY

Outdoor Picnic Spot

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Station Road Car Park

Long Stay car park in Cullompton, Mid Devon with access to the town centre, local walks, eateries, shops and attractions. Charges apply.

  • RingGo Zone: 2997
  • 112 Parking Spaces
  • 2 Disabled Parking Spaces
  • 1 Motorcycle Parking Space
  • No electric vehicle charging point when last checked

Beer Factory and Kitchen

Want to try something completely new? In a cosy setting, overlooking the working brewery, with a menu that champions local produce including Hanlons award winning ales.
Beer Factory and Kitchen is located just 10 minutes from Exeter on the A377 Crediton Road and is growing increasing popularity for its epic burgers and loaded fries. Plenty of free onsite parking is available and free brewery tours take place every Tuesday evening.

  • Beer Factory and Kitchen, Hanlons Brewery, Hill Farm, Half Moon Village, Exeter EX5 5AE
  • Tuesday: 5.30pm to 10pm Wednesday: 5.30pm to 10pm Thursday: 12pm to 2pm / 5.30pm to 10pm Friday: 12pm to 2pm / 5.30pm to 10pm Saturday: 12pm to 11pm
  • www.beerfactorykitchen.com

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Wellhayes Vineyard

Set on the edge of the Brendon Hills, 10 miles north of Tiverton, Wellhayes Vineyard occupies an ideal location on a South facing slope overlooking the small village of Clayhanger in mid-Devon. Wellhayes Vineyard produces quality sparkling wine on site from grapes grown in the vineyard. Visits to the vineyard are available by appointment through the website at 3pm on Wednesdays and Sundays between May and September. Visits include a tour of the winery and vineyard as well as a complimentary glass of Wellhayes Sparkling Wine and samples of the luxury handmade chocolates made from Wellhayes spirit. An optional cream tea is also available. Wellhayes Vineyard also puts on concerts and other events in the Tasting Room above the winery over the Summer months, full details of which are available on the website.

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  • Vineyard Tours are £12 per person. including a complimentary glass of Wellhayes Sparkling Wine and samples of Wellhayes luxury handmade truffles and liqueur chocolates. An optional cream tea is also available for £4pp.
  • Wellhayes Farm, Clayhanger, Devon EX16 7NY
  • The Vineyard is open for wine sales 7 days a week by prior appointment. Vineyard Tours are available at 3pm on Wednesdays and Sundays from May to September.
  • www.wellhayesvineyard.co.uk

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The Cadeleigh Arms

  • The Cadeleigh Arms, Cadeleigh, Tiverton, EX16 8HP
  • Tuesdays: 6pm – 11pm Wednesdays through to Saturdays: 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 11pm Sundays: 12pm – 5pm
  • www.thecadeleigharms.co.uk

Public House Restaurant

Exe Valley Brewery

  • Exe Valley Brewery, Silverton, Exeter, EX5 4HF
  • Brewery is open for specific events or their pop-up bar can be found at many local events
  • www.exevalleybrewery.co.uk

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Electric Nights Streetfood

  • Free
  • Tiverton Pannier Market, Market Square, Off Fore Street Tiverton, Devon,
  • 5.30pm to 9.30pm

Food Event Street Catering Eating Out

Cullompton Farmers' Market

Markets Farmers' Market

Fursdon

Fursdon Historic House and Holiday Cottage

  • House & Garden adult £9.00/children free Garden only - £4.50/children free Garden season ticket - £10
  • Fursdon, Cadbury, Exeter, Devon, EX5 5JS
  • Garden and Coach Hall Tea Rooms are open on Bank Holidays and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from Easter Monday to end of September from 2pm-5pm. The House is open (guided tours) on Bank Holidays and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in June, July and August. Tours are at 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
  • www.fursdon.co.uk

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Ducks Ditty Bar

The 'Floating' Ducks Ditty Bar 'a magical place' and probably the best beer garden in Devon! Relax, socialise and enjoy the tranquility. Great wines, real ales, cold lagers, ciders, gin and spirits. Artisan coffee, loose leaf teas, cakes & treats, Marshfield Scoop ice-cream. Award-winning hot pasties.

01884 253345
info@tivertoncanal.co.uk 

Café

Elsie May's

A family run cafe named after the owner's Grandmother who was well known for her cake making and catering in the Tiverton Area. We are proud of our 'Homemade' ethos with all our chilled pastries, soup and lunches made on the premises. Our premises are available to hire out for private functions with a capacity for 35-40 people.

01884 235935
elsiemays@elsiemaystiverton.co.uk

  • Elsie May's, 10 Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, Devon. EX16 6LU
  • Monday - Thursday: 8am - 5.30pm Friday & Saturday: 7.30am - 5.30pm Sunday: Closed

Take-Away Café

Glasshouse Cafe

The Glasshouse Cafe is a warm relaxed and welcoming cafe serving awesome speciality coffee and yummy lunches, with the ease of parking on site. The glasshouse is conveniently located at the front the the Culm Valley Integrated Centre for Health in Cullompton.
Do come and visit soon!

polly@theglasshouse.cafe 

Take-Away Café

Tiverton Pannier Market Building (South End View)

Tiverton Pannier Market

  • Market Square, Off Newport Street, Tiverton, Devon. EX16 6NH
  • Mondays: 9:00 - 14:00 = Secondhand Goods Market Tuesdays: 08:30 - 16:00 = Full General Market Wednesdays: 09:00 - 15:00 = Mini Market (Art workshops with a small selection of traders and the Market Café) Thursdays: 09:00 - 15:00 = Mini Market (a small selection of traders and the Market Café) Fridays: 08:30 - 16:00 = Full General Market Saturdays: 08:30 - 16:00 = Full General Market Sundays: Closed (apart from some special events)
  • www.tivertonmarket.com

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Pitfield Apartments

Luxury self catering apartments with access to an indoor heated pool. Set in the quiet neighborhood of Willand Old Village, near many areas of outstanding beauty. Lots to do for young and old.

Accommodation Self-Catering

Forest Glade Holiday Park

Set in a forest clearing on the Blackdown Hills in Devon, Forest Glade Holiday Park provides everything you need for a family holiday or a relaxing break in spring or autumn.  Holiday caravans, camping pods and level sheltered touring pitches set in spacious fields are surrounded by 300 acres of pine forest.
We offer self-catering holiday caravans for weekly stays and short breaks.  Sleeping up to 6 or 8 people they are fully-equipped and pets are welcome in some.  Our camping pods sleep up to 4 they and are a cosy alternative to camping.
Touring caravans, motor homes and tents are welcome.  Many of our pitches have electric hook-ups and we have hard standings and grass pitches available.
Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, shop with off-licence and bakery, take away, children's play areas, games room, tennis court, sauna, forest walks. Central amenities building with free hot showers, family and parent and baby rooms, washing up facilities, laundry room and campers kitchen.

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Hesperus Lodge

Hesperus Lodge is in the most beautiful rural setting ensuring a peaceful and relaxing break. Situated beside the River Tone on the Somerset Devon border, Hesperus Lodge is in the grounds of Hesperus Cottage in a tiny hamlet called Tracebridge. Although it is only 5 miles from the M5 it offers many country walks and an abundance of wildlife.
The lodge offers comfortable and stylish furniture with luxurious sheepskins and a log burner. It is not overlooked and has its own private drive way and outside seating area, perfect for undisturbed relaxation.

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  • Hesperus Lodge, Tracebridge, Wellington, Somerset TA21 0HG
  • 7 days a week 0900-2200 Book via the website or Booking.com
  • www.hesperuslodge.com

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Holly Water Holidays

A glamping escape in beautiful, rural Mid Devon. Nestling on the family farm our shepherd hut and treehouse accommodation are all designed with your comfort in mind. Cosy king-size beds, wood-fired hot tubs and all you need for a comfortable and relaxing escape from the daily stresses.

Holly Water Holidays is a place for peace, quiet, tranquillity, wood-fired hottubs, Shepherd’s Huts and,new for 2020, our very own treehouse. A slice of heaven. The perfect place to relax, unwind and recharge your batteries.

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Valley View

Ramstorland Barns

We have 3 two bedroom contemporary cottages, each sleeping 4 people, nestled on the side of a south facing valley with uninterrupted views of the beautiful Devon countryside.
We regret no pets but can offer free Electric Vehicle charging on request.

  • £350 - £700 per week, plus a cleaning fee. We also do shorter stays in the low season.
  • Ramstorland Farm, Stoodleigh, Nr Tiverton, Devon EX16 9PQ
  • www.ramstorland.co.uk

Accommodation Self-Catering

Exe Valley Glamping

Welcome to Exe Valley Glamping. Set within 150 acres on our family farm. Exe Valley Glamping is the perfect place to reconnect with nature. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and relax with friends & family - all without sacrificing home comforts.

About us...
Exe Valley Glamping was established by father and son team - Robin & Patrick.
​Wanting to diversify their family farm by promoting responsible and sustainable tourism, glamping was an appealing option to both country enthusiasts.
Patrick has over two decades of hospitality experience, and having recently moved his young family back to Devon, he felt it was an opportunity to put his experience into something closer to his heart.
"Mid- Devon is a great spot, it's full of old world charm, and retains a sense of a by-gone era, which is really appealing to those wanting to experience an authentic holiday or staycation."
Having enlisted Robin to provide the land for the glamp site, Patrick set off to create what is an ever evolving project, offering guests tailored experiences, sumptuous hospitality and a wealth of natural activities to engage.

Up a woodland trail, you'll find a secret hideaway revealing each of our canvas lodges.  Their unique charm and thoughtful design will provide not just comfort, but an experience the whole family will enjoy. Everything you require for a perfect nature escape is here.
Each tent is  purpose built to make your glamping holiday fuss free & easy so you can relax & unwind from everyday stresses.
Powered by nature our eco-conscious lodges use solar energy and wood collected through woodland management to heat and provide maximum comfort without relinquishing the benefits or adventure of outdoor living.

Soft linen, plump pillows & cozy duvets will be beckoning at the end of each day.  Snuggling down for the night will be about as difficult as waking up to birdsong, the smell of freshly ground coffee & knowing you have a breakfast hamper full of fresh goodies on your doorstep.  It is luxury camping after all!
Tents feature 3 bedrooms - one King & one Twin, each with their own access to the shower & loo.
The twin can be converted into a generous Superking for couples sharing. But the ultimate snug is the whimsical cabin bedroom featuring its own canopy, double mattress & hatched doors. It also doubles up as perfect children's den and nighttime refuge (if you can get there first!)

Wilderness adventures for the whole family.

Kids love nothing better than sleeping under canvas, toasting marshmallows, and discovering wild life hidden under logs and in pebbled streams.
At Exe Valley Glamping the whole family can enjoy woodland walks, picnics on the river Exe or wading on the pebbled bank just a stones throw from your tent.
Each canvas tent has board games, puzzles and books so families can enjoy precious time and unwind together.
Whatever age your kids, there's something for everyone; adventures for thrill seekers, explorers, and moochers.

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Chestnut House

Chestnut House is a beautiful and quiet Bed and Breakfast on the outskirts of Tiverton comprising four tastefully decorated, comfortable and spacious rooms with ensuite bathroom. Ranging from a single room to a Deluxe King Room, there is a room which is just right for you.

The breakfast menu offers a wide variety ranging from fresh fruit, yoghurt and a selection of cereals to a full English or scrambled egg with smoked salmon on a toasted English crumpet.

Once you have stayed at Chestnut House, you will never want to stay anywhere else!

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Tiverton hotel

Best Western Tiverton Hotel

The Tiverton Hotel is looking forward to offering you a traditional West Country welcome. Expect warm smiles, genuine service and high standards of hospitality to meet the needs of the modern business and leisure guest. Located in the heart of Mid-Devon just 10 mins from J27 of the M5 and close to both Taunton and Exeter, with ample free parking ( all visitors are required to register their vehicles on arrival) and electric car charging points are available.
We have 69 spacious en-suite bedrooms many on the ground floor and some specially adapted rooms. We also offer superior rooms with king size beds, purpose built desks or sofa's and bath robes, ideal for the corporate traveller. The hotels facilities include free WiFi, conference and banqueting suites, popular bar, Gallery Restaurant and outside catering and hog roast business.

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  • Blundells Road, Tiverton, Devon. EX16 4DB
  • 24 Hours to residents / Food and Beverage Hours of Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – Room service options.
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Bickleigh Castle B&B

The Finest Castle Bed and Breakfast in Devon. Cosy cottage style rooms and suites nestled in the picturesque tranquility of Bickleigh, right next to the River Exe. Overlooking the courtyard of the Grade I listed castle and the beautiful Devon countryside. Just 4 miles from Tiverton, 20 minutes from J27 of the M5 and within easy reach of Tiverton Parkway Railway Station.

01884 855363
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Bridge Guest House

Victorian riverside guesthouse in the centre of Tiverton. Well-appointed rooms with views of the River Exe.

Parking, hearty breakfasts, free high speed WiFi, lounge. Singles from £35, Doubles from £50, King from £60.

01884 252804
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Forest Glade Holiday Park

Family-run camping and caravan park set in a forest clearing with sheltered touring pitches, holiday caravans and camping pods for hire. Facilities include an indoor pool, forest walks, play area, games room, shop and take-away. Families and couples welcome. Ideal for pet owners. Rallies welcome. Caravan storage available.
AA4 pennant park.
David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award.

01404 841381
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Fursdon Cottage at Fursdon House

A wonderfully light, stylish and very comfortable 3 bedroom self-catering cottage for families, friends or couples - and dogs, too! Enjoy the terraced back garden and access to beautiful walks on the historic estate and beyond. An idyllic and very special setting make this the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.

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Ginger Peanut

The Ginger Peanut

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Hele Barton Farm

Stay in a thatched cottage or barn conversion on a working family farm in unspoilt countryside. Lots of walks and a pub nearby. Suitable for long or short breaks. Great base for visiting all parts of Devon or just relaxing.

01884 860278
gill@helebartonfarm.co.uk 

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Heron House

Award-winning stylish B&B in the heart of Bampton. Heron House will appeal to discerning visitors looking to rest, relax and explore and will seduce you with its tranquility. Beautiful cosy bedrooms, gourmet breakfasts, complimentary WiFi, optional Plat du Jour informal suppers. Easy airport access via M5 for our international guests.
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

01398 331058
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Leafy Fields Glamping

On the edge of the Blackdown Hills, near the village of Ashill, next to a working dairy farm, we have two safari lodges and a shepherd hut. Perfect for family holidays, mini-moons or whole site bookings for hen parties and other back to nature, relaxed celebrations. Autism Friendly Glamping.

 

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The Little Barn

Our recently converted Little Barn provides luxury self-catering accommodation for two people with private terrace and glorious views over the Devon countryside. 10 miles from Tiverton and 16 miles from Exeter, the village of Black Dog is ideally placed for exploring all parts of the county. Dogs welcome by arrangement.
Airbnb 5 star rating and Superhost.

01884 860460
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Luggs Barn

Situated in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Luggs Barn is ideally placed for visiting Devon's numerous attractions as well as both coastlines. Its secluded position and large enclosed garden make this property ideal for families.

 

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Manleys

Friendly B&B set in large garden beside canal. Two en suite rooms with comfy king-sized beds. Full breakfast. Easy access and parking. Only 2 miles from J27 of the M5. Ideal quiet base if exploring Devon or working nearby.

01884 821703 / 07432 158573
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Newhouse Farm Cottages

Newhouse Farm Cottages has nine beautiful Grade II listed stone barns sleeping from 2 to 11 people (47 people in total). Set in over 30 acres of grounds which guests are encouraged to explore and hopefully spot our resident wildlife including barn owls, deer, hares and badgers. Our heated indoor swimming pool has counter current jets which make the pool great fun for children whilst offering the competent swimmer a great workout! The complex has free wifi; an indoor games room with pool, table tennis and football tables; indoor toddler soft play room; outdoor play area with swings/slides, trampoline, football goal; 9-hole crazy golf course; large level field for activities; and a small fishing lake. Some cottages have Sky tv and wood-burning stoves. We have a function room for large groups and a barbecue lodge. We are dog friendly and offer short breaks throughout the year, except school holidays.

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Old Bridwell

6 beautifully converted holiday cottages and the original Farmhouse in the small gated historic hamlet of Old Bridwell, set in 3 acres of private grounds alongside the 100 acre Bridwell Park Estate all within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A relaxing retreat with many walks, cycle routes and country pubs nearby. Only 5 minutes from Junction 27 of the M5.

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Quoit-at-Cross Farm

Relaxing accommodation in a charming 17th Century Farmhouse, in peaceful village. Close to Exmoor, National Trust and Rosemoor Gardens. Dog friendly room available. All rooms have king-size beds and en-suite. Suppers available by arrangement. Special diets catered for. Delightful newly refurbished Inglenook Dining Room. Large garden.
Special offer 3 night B&B £110 per person.

01398 351280
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South Coombe Country Cottages

Luxurious self-contained holiday cottages and shepherd's hut situated in Devon's rural heartland in 15 acres of orchards, lawns and meadows for you to roam. Indoor heated pool, sauna, games room, toddlers' tumble room. Perfect idyllic retreat for a relaxing family holiday or short break away for groups of all sizes.
Orchard Cottage is Visit England 5 star Gold rated.
All other cottages are Visit England 4 star Gold rated.

01884 860302 / 07979 693483
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South Farm Holiday Cottages

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Three Gates Farm

Beautiful 17th century farm, with five 4 Star holiday cottages (sleeping from 2-6, up to 22 in total), set in the peaceful east Devon countryside. Super large indoor swimming pool (33ft), sauna, fitness room, children's play area, trampoline and two acres of grounds with amazing views over surrounding countryside. Pets welcome.

All cottages equipped with central heating, dishwashers, flat screen TVs, DVD players and free WiFi. Perfect stepping off point for exploring Devon's top attractions including Exmoor and the North and South coasts (we're 15 minutes from the M5).

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  • All facilities free of charge for resident guests
  • Three Gates Farm, Huntsham, Tiverton, Devon. EX16 7QH
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Tiverton Castle

Tiverton Castle

Make Tiverton Castle your holiday home. Comfortable accommodation for 2, 4, 6 people in 2 beautiful cottages in the grounds and 3 apartments in the historic Castle itself. Well-equipped, cosy, within minutes of shops and restaurants. Easy motoring to many local attractions and lovely village pubs.
3 nights minimum.

 

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Valleyside Escapes

Valleyside Escapes is a hidden gem, located in the village of Bickleigh-on-Exe, close to nature but ideally positioned to explore north and south Devon. There are three fully-equipped luxury safari tents, providing a home from home. The picturesque and panoramic views of the Exe Valley provide a perfect countryside escape.

01884 855538
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West Middlewick Farm

 

 

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Chawleigh

Welcome to Chawleigh

Chawleigh is a village on the south side of the Little Dart valley. With stunning views of Dartmoor and links to the Two Moors Way and Tarka Trail, as well as Eggesford Forest the area is a great place to stay for a walking holiday.

Chenson Woods Bluebells hosts an amazing carpet of bluebells every May which draws crowds of visitors to the woods at Chenson farm on the A377, half way between Exeter and Barnstaple. They last a couple of weeks, then they're gone for another year; a stunning sight.

The village has a two places where you can grab refreshments, Eggesford Crossing Cafe and the Fox and Hounds Country Hotel.

Interesting Facts:

  • The walks around Chawleigh offer stunning views of Dartmoor.  In particular, you will be able to see the tors of Cosdun (Cawsand) Hill and High Willhayes, the highest point on Dartmoor.
  • Chawleigh parish features an ancient settlement: Burridge - a pre-roman village or settlement ringed by double banks and a ditch.  Nearby is the Iron Age hillfort Burridge Camp situated on a hilltop overlooking the valley of the Little Dart River.
  • Devon County Council promote an 11-mile walking route called the Little Dart Ridge and Valley Walk, which links the Two Moors Way at Witheridge to the Tarka Trail (Eggesford Train Station) and passes through Chawleigh.
  • Chawleigh is home to the Church Of St James with its lychgate’s small ‘lifting gate’.

Things to Do:

  • Roughly equidistant between Exeter and Barnstaple along the A377, lies the Queen's Stone picnic and walking area.  This stunning viewpoint offers a peaceful rest stop along the Exeter – Barnstable road where you can visit the Queen’s Stone, picnic at the forest picnic benches and walk your dog along an attractive mile-long woodland circular walk. (Parking is free)
  • Chawleigh's annual fair takes place on the first Saturday in June.
  • Try clay pigeon shooting or paintballing in Chawleigh across over 200 acres of sporting landscape with Blue Fox Glade Target Sports.
  • Eggesford railway station is a rural station just outside the village serving Eggesford, Chumleigh and surrounding villages. The line links Exeter and Barnstaple along the single track 'Tarka Line'.
  • Try some wild swimming in the Little Dart River!

Nearby:

  • Chulmleigh
  • Coldridge
  • Eggesford
  • Lapford
  • Wembworthy

Acknowledgement:

Image courtesy of Barrie Cann / Chenson Woods Bluebells / CC BY-SA 2.0

Thanks to Chawleigh Parish Council for providing information and walking routes

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Libbets Well

Libbets Well is a holy well or sacred spring in Crediton thought to date from the 17th century (or earlier) and dedicated to Saint Elizabeth.  Holy wells were traditionally used for curative purposes; being known for their healing properties.

Sited in the cob garden wall of the neighbouring Priory Cottage, with a vaulted stone roof.  The well is close to the Parish Church and is the site of an ancient priest's hostel (possibly also a leper hospital).  The well is served by a spring and feeds a small basin in front.  In recent years, locals have reintroduced the tradition of leaving gifts of flowers and other offerings at the well.

Libbets Well is tucked away behind Church Street.  To find it, walk down the road to the left of the church (towards Newcombe's Meadow).  There will be a narrow lane shortly after Libbets Cottage on the left; head down this and follow the curving path for a few yards.  The well will then be in front of you.

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Halberton

The pretty village of Halberton (name derived from Haligbeort – a combination of Albert, a Saxon Chief  and tun meaning a farm settlement) is located between Sampford Peverell and Tiverton. It has two separate parts to it, known locally as the Higher and Lower Town. These two parts of the village are connected by the old mill stream and the picturesque duck pond where, if you are lucky, you may catch a flash of vivid blue as a kingfisher dives for fish.

Historically the village had important administrative duties. Deeply rooted in farming tradition; many of the farms date as far back as Doomsday.

The magnificent tower and clock of the striking 14thcentury red sandstone church, located in Halberton Lower Town, are immediately obvious as you drive into the village. The church is well worth a visit and is dedicated to St Andrew. It is believed to be built on the site of earlier churches. During the Civil War, Halberton saw action and two unknown soldiers were buried in the Churchyard. There are many beautiful features worth noting within the church including a 12th century Norman font and a Pulpit and Screen dating from the 15th century.

On the Main High Street which runs through the Higher Town, is The Priory, a Grade II listed building where a small assembly of Augustinian canons were established. Dissolved in the 1500s, the building was then converted into a dwelling.

The Grand Western canal winds its way past the back of the village and loops around in a Swan’s neck just outside the village on the Tiverton side. See the Swan’s Neck Walk for further details. Again, just outside the village, just before the canal loops around, you will find the Halberton Farm Shop which stocks a range of locally grown fruit, vegetables, cheeses and meat.

During the summer months, you can pick your own soft fruit in the tunnels behind the farm shop. Alongside the shop is the delightful ‘Ivan’s Café’ serving locally roasted coffee and a range of delicious pies and pasties and for those with a sweet tooth, locally made ice cream.

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Horse Riding in Thorverton

Thorverton

Welcome to Thorverton

Thorverton village sits about a mile west of the River Exe and 8 miles north of Exeter.  It is almost centrally located between Exeter and the towns of Tiverton, Cullompton and Crediton.

A channelled stream, which drains the Raddon (literally 'red hill') Hills to the north and runs to the River Exe, winds through the village. A pedestrian bridge and ford cross the stream at Silver Street. The Millennium Green provides walking alongside the stream which runs through the centre of the village.

Located on clay and sand, Thorverton has a subsoil of red rock, which gives the earth its distinctive red colouring. The area is rich in rare and unusual rocks and minerals. Manganese has been found near Upton Pyne, and small quantities of gold in local streams. An igneous rock has been quarried at Raddon since the 12th century and the bubbled rock can be seen in numerous examples of local stonework, including the famed Stoke Canon Bridge.

Interesting Facts

  • Thorverton was once well known locally for its apricots.
  • The Thorverton Arms in the centre of the village, for the majority of its life known as 'The Dolphin', was built in the 16th century. Amusing, if lurid, tales of its past provide a glimpse of the human life of Thorverton's past. A traveller turned up at The Dolphin one evening in 1650 and took a room for himself and his sister. The landlord, after a while, had reason to suspect their relationship and confronted them. The traveller blandly replied that as Adam and Eve were the father and mother of us all, the lady could truthfully be described as his 'sister'.
  • The award-winning poet Fiona Benson resides in the parish of Thorverton.
  • Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, written in 1811, was set in the village of Upton Pyne - around three miles from Thorverton. The marriage of Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars was set in the village church.  Barton Park, the large and handsome home of the Middletons from the same novel, is thought to be based on Pynes House.

What's On in Thorverton?

  • The Memorial Hall provides a centre for entertainment, with a monthly Saturday Market for local produce.
  • Thorfest is an annual music festival that takes place on the first Saturday of September.
  • Thorverton Parish Church hosts the annual East Devon Arts Festival each May.

Places to See

  • The parish Church of St Thomas of Canterbury is the oldest building in the parish. Built from locally quarried stone mostly in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, some parts are thought to date to the 13th century.  The Church is dedicated to Thomas Beckett, the 12th century archbishop who was murdered.
  • Byway Farm is a Woodland Welcome Wood. A collection of newly planted and ancient woodlands which have won awards for conservation and wild flowers.
  • There are three bowl barrows – funerary monuments dating from the Late Neolithic period - south east of Fordy Bridge in the village of Thorverton.  The barrows are sited on a ridge overlooking the valley of a tributary to the River Exe.  In the neighbouring village of Nether Exe, is the Netherexe Cursus – a scheduled Neolithic field monument presumed to be used for ritual or ceremonial purposes. Adjacent to the cursus is a long mortuary enclosure and ring ditch (potentially a plough-levelled bowl barrow, thought to be a Bronze Age burial monument) and other associated crop marks.  A gap in the north eastern circuit of the ditch represents an original entrance.

Places to Eat

  • Enjoy local produce from Thorverton's two farm shops - Exe Valley Farm Shop and Thorne's Farm Shop and Café.  Alternatively, visit the local Berry Dairy store for supplies of locally sourced food treats and hand-baked goods.
  • Good food is offered at the village's pub The Thorverton Arms. Alternatively, visit the nearby village of Brampford Speke and stop for refreshments at The 'Agi' (Agricultural Inn).

NEARBY

  • Bickleigh
  • Cadbury
  • Shobrooke
  • Silverton
  • Stockleigh Pomeroy

Towns and Villages

View of Uffculme Village in the Snow

Uffculme

Welcome to Uffculme

Uffculme is a village and civil parish situated in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Set on the B3440, close to the M5 motorway and main railway line, Uffculme is on the upper reaches of the River Culm.

The Coldharbour Mill working wool museum is a popular tourist attraction, as are the scenic old railway and riverside walks.

Interesting Facts

  • The village has featured in literature and works of art. In RD Blackmore’s novel Perlycross, the fiction village of Perliton is based on Uffculme. In 1982/83, the artist Robert Organ painted a portrait of four children from Uffculme School (suitably titled ‘The Uffculme Children’).
  • Snooker player Sam Baird comes from the village and the singer Joss Stone lived in Uffculme parish in Rull hamlet.  Children’s author J T Scott, who writes fantasy books about dragons and castles, also comes from Uffculme.
  • During 2008, the village's Langlands Business Park featured in the Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall documentary ‘Wonky Willie's Chocolate Factory’. Being the location of Willie Harcourt-Cooze's chocolate factory, Uffculme is one of the first places to make cocoa in the UK since the Cadbury family.
  • Many of the historic artefacts that Captain Cook brought back to England from his travels were at one time on display at Uffculme’s Bridwell Park in the purpose-built, Gothic-style chapel.
  • The unusual 3-storey Victorian red-brick dwelling at the lower end of Ashill village, has an interesting tale. Legend has it that it began life as a 2-storey building, but during its construction the owner's fiancée left him. To win her back, the man tried to impress her by commissioning an extra storey to his new home. Alas, he was unsuccessful in this, and the woman never returned to him.

What's On in Uffculme?

Uffculme parish has an active community with many regular and special events throughout the year at its pubs, churches and attractions.  Some of particular note include:

  • Uffculme Farmers’ Market, which takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month, from 10am – 12noon in the village hall.
  • Heritage Open Day events at Coldharbour Mill and Spiceland Quaker House (which has links to the chocolatiers Cadbury family).
  • Regular events are hosted at Uffculme’s theatre The Venue including comedy, live theatre and shows.  The local pubs The Ostler and The George Inn offer regular live music events and Gordon’s Jazz Club takes place at Magelake Pavilion every third Wednesday evening of the month.
  • There are two annual beer and music festivals: Ashill Beer and Music Festival on the first weekend in June and Uffculme Music and Real Ale Festival taking place the first weekend in July.
  • Uffculme Show is an annual country fair taking place on the early May Bank Holiday. The event includes musical entertainment, craft tents, trade stands, dog shows, classic cars and arena events.

Places to See

  • A herd of fallow deer and a herd of red deer roam free at Bridwell Park’s spacious estatesThey can be seen from many of the viewing points near the country wedding venue.
  • Coldharbour Mill is one of the oldest woollen mills in the UK, having been in continuous production since 1797. Today the rich heritage lives on as one of the finest working wool museums where visitors are not just able to relive the sights and sounds of the industrial revolution but also see craftsmen and women making traditional textiles, beautiful knitting yarn and hand woven rugs.  Please note: the mill closes over the winter period, reopening at Easter.
  • Woodland is a key feature of the parish with several copses and hedgerow trees.  Visitors can enjoy walking in Hunkin Wood (A Woodland Trust Wood) – a Millennium Project community woodland. It includes new tree planting with wild flower meadows and is popular with locals. There are also three commons in the parish: Gadden Down, Hackpen Hill (which offers stunning views over the Culm Valley) and Uffculme Down.  There are various walks around these commons; Gadden Down being popular with locals for its woodland and wildlife.
  • A disused railway runs through the Parish, mainly along the Culm Valley, parts of which are now public footpath (between Coldharbour Mill and Uffculme Church). This provides good opportunities for walkers to enjoy local wildlife.  Walks can be continued along public footpaths through fields which run alongside the River Culm.
  • If you are visiting over the Christmas period, then Uffculme village is a must-see for its stunning Christmas lights.  Each year, a community of volunteers set up strings of multi-coloured lights throughout the village all leading to a web-like canopy over the village square.

Places to Eat

  • Pub meals are available at either of the two pubs in Uffculme’s village or at Ashill.  A Marston’s Inn is just down the road near Junction 27 with The Old Well Garden Centre offering cream teas and baked goods opposite the road.
  • Uffculme has a bakery and takeaway where you can purchase food for a summer’s picnic or a cosy night in.  Eat in at the village coffee shop or visit the diner down the road.

NEARBY

  • Burlescombe
  • Culmstock
  • Cullompton
  • Kentisbeare
  • Willand

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St Peter's Church

St Peter's Church

Dated from 1073, St Peter’s Church, Tiverton is a Grade I listed parish church with a ninety-nine foot high tower and a stunning collection of stained glass windows.

St. Peter’s has been the centre of civic life in Tiverton for centuries and still serves as the site for the town-wide celebrations of Remembrance Day and Mayor’s Sunday. The Church’s Grade 1 listing derives primarily from the beauty and historic significance of the Greenway Chapel built in 1517.

The church is noted as being the location of the first performance of Mendelssohn's "Wedding March", which was performed by Samuel Reay at the wedding of Dorothy Carew and Tom Daniel on 2 June 1847.  It is also famed for being the burial site and holding the funeral service for Princess Katherine Plantagenet in 1527.

There are booklets available in the Church about the history, stained glass windows and organ, as well as information boards that can be carried when exploring the Church.

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Thatched Cottage next to Church Cemetery

Zeal Monachorum

Welcome to Zeal Monachorum

Set amid the rolling agricultural heartland of Devon, Zeal Monachorum is the epitome of a tranquil Devon village. Situated about 18 miles north-west of Exeter on the River Yeo, it lies at the centre of Devon, between Crediton and Okehampton, looking towards Dartmoor.

There is a local Saxon reference dated AD967 to land at Lesmanoac, and early maps refer to the settlement as Monkenfield, Munkton and Monks Nymet. The present name, written earlier as Sele and Zele, is said to derive from the fact that the manor of Zeal Monachorum had been given to the Abbey of Buckfast in 1018 by King Cnut (along with the manor of Down St Mary), hence a "cell of the monks”. The manor remained the property of Buckfast Abbey until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. The link with the Cistercian abbey is seen on the village sign at the top of Town Hill outside the church.

Interesting Facts

  • To the south-west of the village is Reeve Castle; a large turreted house dated 1900.  The Castle was designed with acoustics to house a full-sized church organ. The home also features a water turret, Japanese gardens with tunnels, ponds and a bear pit.  A private residence, the Castle's elaborate exterior can be viewed from surrounding fields whilst walking in the area.
  • The Devon Association of Bellringers was founded at Zeal Monachorum in 1924.
  • Zeal Monachorum features in children’s book 'Perkin the Pedlar' written by Eleanor Farjeon.  The story is about twenty-six children of Zeal Monachorum who did not know their ABC, until one day Perkin visited.  He told them a story and a verse for each letter of the alphabet, starting with Appledore and ending with Zeal Monachorum.
  • The haunting story of the omen of the ‘White Breasted Bird’ is attributed to the Oxenhan family of Zeal Monachorum in the 1600s.  The appearance of the bird foretold the death of four family members. The tradition of the bird has been recorded by Prince, in his ‘Worthies of Devon’ written in 1701, and used by Charles Kingsley in his book ‘Westward Ho!’.
  • There is a local story of a gentleman who bequeathed a grain-sack filled with gold sovereigns to his friend. In his letter, the man wrote how the sovereigns were stored in a hollow tree between Monks Croft Cottage and Waie Farm. However, searching failed to locate the treasure and to this day, the coins have never been found.
  • Neighbouring village North Tawton, was the home of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, William Budd (who discovered that typhoid was spread in contaminated water) and the setting for the TV sitcom ‘Jam & Jerusalem’.

Places to Visit

  • Monks Croft Cottage opens its gardens as part of the National Garden Scheme each year. Reputedly the oldest cottage in Zeal Monachorum (built by the parish monks), the cottage retains many original features. Its pretty, medium-sized garden is picturesque, packed with spring colours and views to far hills. The garden also features a tranquil fishing lake with daffodils and wild flowers in a beautiful setting, home to a resident kingfisher.
  • Ashridge Court is a wedding venue in nearby North Tawton that holds regular events including a Murder Mystery dinner and a Christmas Fayre.
  • Enjoy locally produced drinks from nearby Taw Valley Brewery (in North Tawton) and at nearby Down St Mary Vineyard. Visitors are welcome at both (you need to contact Taw Valley first before arriving) and Down St Mary Vineyard offer tastings from their shop.
  • St Peters Church - The parish church dates from 1235 with a late-Saxon font and a yew tree reputed to be at least 1,000 years old in the churchyard.

Places to Eat

  • The Waie Inn offers a pleasant place to relax for lunch or a delicious evening meal.  In the summer months, you can eat in the gardens and soak up the countryside view. The inn also offers indoor soft-play facilities for children, plus a five-a-side football pitch, pond and swimming pool.
  • The Devonshire Dumpling in neighbouring Down St Mary offers hearty meals and local ales in a 17th-century pub with a beer garden.
  • The White Hart in Bow is a traditional public house providing tasty meals and Sunday lunches.
  • Nearby in North Tawton, The Railway is a traditional country pub on the edge of Dartmoor.

Things to Do

  • Waie 2 Play is The Waie Inn's amazing soft-play barn.  Relax in the coffee bar whilst the children let off steam in the indoor purpose-built play area. Looking for an activity for the whole family to enjoy? The Waie Inn also has a swimming pool!
  • There are plenty of scenic countryside, riverside and woodland walks for visitors to enjoy and spot local wildlife. Local sites to enjoy on walks include Gissage Lake (a tributary of the River Yeo west of the village) and Doe's Wood (a Woodland Welcome Wood to the east of the village). Zeal Monachorum also features as a destination along the Devonshire Heartland Way.
  • Viveka Gardens is a yoga retreat in nearby West Leigh, where visitors can ground themselves through yoga practices, good food and meditation.  Booking essential.

Places to Stay

  • There is bed and breakfast accommodation at The Waie Inn and a self-catering holiday-let cottage within the village.

Nearby

  • Bow
  • Coldridge
  • Down St Mary
  • Lapford

Acknowledgement

Image courtesy of Philip Halling / Thatched cottage, Zeal Monachorum / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Bickleigh

Welcome to Bickleigh

Bickleigh bridgeBickleigh is a picturesque village in the Exe valley on the main road between Exeter and Tiverton. It has lovely thatched cottages, a railway museum, 14th century bridge, a working water mill, shopping and crafts centre.

Interesting Facts

  • King Edward the Elder issued three charters in the year AD904 at Bickleigh (written as Bicanleag) .
  • The celebrated Bampfylde-Moore Carew, son of Theodore Carew, rector of Bickleigh, was born in the village in 1693. Commonly called ‘King of the Beggars’, Bampfylde-Moore pursued a career as an out-and-out rogue pretending to be a blind (and sometimes lame) beggar. He was also a practised dog thief, accomplished pickpocket, master of disguises and the 'Gypsy King'. Transported to Maryland, Bampfylde-Moore escaped back to Britain and joined Bonnie Prince Charlie's army on its 1745 march, before returning to Bickleigh until his death in 1758. Major John Gabriel Stedman, who published the History of Surinam, and died in 1797 is also buried at Bickleigh Cemetery. There is no memorial of either.
  • In the 1960s, singer-songwriter Paul Simon (of Simon and Garfunkel) stayed in Bickleigh Village.  Because of this, a myth started that Bickleigh's medieval bridge inspired the famous song ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. Art Garfunkel denied the rumour in a 2003 interview, stating that phrase came from a Baptist hymn.  However, it is still possible that Simon intended more than one allusion.
  • In circa 1332, an altercation took place on Bickleigh Bridge between Sir Alexander Cruwys, Lord of the Manor of nearby Cruwys Morchard, and an unnamed member of the Carew family who lived at Bickleigh Castle. Cruwys was the victor; smiting his opponent with a sword and dispatching him into the waters of the Exe. Condemned to be hanged, Sir Alexander bought himself a pardon by selling twenty-two manors of land.  At midnight each year on mid-summer's day, Sir Alexander's ghost - in full armour, with head under his arm - rides a charger across Bickleigh Bridge.

Places to Visit

  • Bickleigh Castle is a fortified manor house standing on the banks of the River Exe.  Book a guided castle tour; learn about the history and hear the intriguing stories associated with it.  Bickleigh Castle has been home to many notable persons throughout history, including: Lady Margaraet de Bohun, (grand-daughter of King Edward I) and King Henry VII’s great-aunt Lady Margaret Beaufort. Famous visitors include Queen Henrietta Maria (wife of King Charles I) and earlier, Princess Katherine Platagenet (daughter of King Edward IV and aunt to Henry VIII).  Princess Katherine entertained courtiers and royalty at the Castle including, it is rumoured, a young Anne Boleyn.
  • The Devon Railway Centre is a popular tourist attraction with a unique railway experience.  The venue is based at the former Cadeleigh railway station on the closed Exe Valley Railway.
  • Woodland Trust Wood ‘Northdown Wood’ is a beautiful peaceful woodland on the edge of the parish near Thorverton.  With superb spring flowers hidden away in the rolling hills, it is fantastic for a walk with the family.
  • Yearlstone Vineyard is one of the biggest vineyards in the South West of England.  Visitors may pop-up to the vineyard shop by prior appointment.
  • Bickleigh's medieval church was predominantly built in the 14th century, though still contains a 12th century south doorway and font. The church is home to carved bench-ends depicting scenes of medieval life.

Places to Eat

  • Visit the Fisherman’s Cot; a thatched roof pub set against stunning views along the River Exe.  Enjoy traditional pub dishes in the restaurant or riverside gardens and you might spot an otter on the river!
  • Bickleigh Mill is one of Devon's largest and most exciting rural shopping, eating and recreation destinations. Its Bistro Restaurant serves tasty meals, snacks and drinks throughout the week.  The centre is housed within an 18th century historic working water Mill.  Resident peacocks often make an appearance and greet guests with their colourful plumage displays.

Nearby

  • Cadbury
  • Cadeleigh
  • Silverton
  • Thorverton
  • Tiverton

Towns and Villages

Morchard Bishop

Welcome to Morchard Bishop

Morchard Bishop is situated in the heart of Devon between Dartmoor and Exmoor, almost midway between the north and south coasts. It is surrounded by unspoilt hilly farmland comprised of a multitude of fields separated by ancient Devon banks.

Like many local villages, Morchard has a rich architectural history reflecting the economic and social changes experienced since medieval times. The earliest surviving building in the parish is believed to be Rudge, situated in the south west of the parish. Despite appearing to be a fine C19th house, Rudge actually dates to around 1380.

Interesting Facts

  • With over 60 footpaths and bridleways, Morchard Bishop has one the highest number of public footpaths of any Parish in Devon (maybe even the West Country). The walks available are very varied in length, difficulty and vistas. A full map and local sketched route guides for 10 walks are available under the Footpaths and Maps at https://www.morchardbishop-pc.org.uk/walking-maps/
  • Morchard Bishop is the mid-way point for the Two Moors Way
  • The name Morchard means the great wood or forest from the Celtic:  mǭr cę̃d, Modern Welsh: mawr coed. The affix of 'Bishop' is from its possession by the Bishop of Exeter in 1086.
  • The parish is proud that it has the longest row of terraced cottages in England as well as many buildings that were built in the 14th and 15th centuries.
  • Former Foreign Secretary (1945 - 1951) and Lord Privy Seal Ernest Bevin once lived in Morchard Bishop.

Things to See and Do

  • Morchard Bishop is a great place to stay and explore the wider parts of Devon. The Parish Council have created a list of things to do within 45mins of the village https://www.morchardbishop-pc.org.uk/places-of-interest/
  • The 16th century Parish Church of St Mary features a 95 foot tower.
  • Two walks have been plotted for you to visit in the walking section of the website. Morchard Bishop 1 and Morchard Bishop 2

Places to Eat

  • The Village benefits from having its own pub and restaurant – The London Inn providing excellent home cooked meals with portion sizes that will leave you needing a walk. There is also have a shop and café.
  • The nearby Devonshire Dumpling on Morchard Rd, is widely known for its good food and friendly family atmosphere with a small children’s playground.
  • Just 3 miles out is Black Dog Inn, named after the ghostly black dog said to haunt the lanes, this is a small and cosy local with regular quiz nights, occasional live music and home-cooked food.

What's On in Morchard Bishop?

Uffculme parish has an active community with many regular and special events throughout the year at its pubs, churches and attractions.  Some of particular note include:

  • There is a flower festival held in June.

NEARBY

  • Down St Mary
  • Lapford
  • Sandford
  • Thelbridge
  • Woolfardisworthy

Acknowledgements:

Image courtesy of Martin Bodman / Morchard Bishop: St Mary’s church / CC BY-SA 2.0

Thank you to Morchard Bishop Parish Council for providing information.

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St Matthew's Church

St Matthew's Church

Early in the 1920’s, the notable church historian, Beatrix Cresswell, puzzled why the isolated village of Coldridge had such a significant church and also why it contained one of the very few stained glass portraits of Edward V, one of the Missing Princes in the Tower. For students of the Wars of the Roses, St Matthew's should not be missed!

The majority of the building dates from the 15th and 16th centuries when an earlier Norman Building was enlarged. It contains a Norman font. In Victorian times the building fell into disrepair and in 1877 major work commenced with the restoration of the chancel. The rest of the church was restored by the early 1900’s.

Of particular interest is a very fine medieval rood screen, claimed to be one of the best unrestored screens in the country, and also a pulpit with fine carving.  Medieval bench ends are to be found in the church as well as Barnstaple floor tiles. The splendid, ancient parclose screen in the chancel is of Breton design.

A COLDRIDGE ‘ROYAL’ MYSTERY?              

Sometime after the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, a person named John Evans arrived in Coldridge.   Thomas Grey (the eldest son of Elizabeth Woodville who was the mother of the “Princes in the Tower”) owned the Coldridge Manor, which was for some reason granted to “Evans”. John Evans was also granted the prestigious “parkership” of the deer park, which occupied the land behind the church. The tomb monument for Evans is in the Evan’s Chapel on the north side of the chancel.  His chapel or chantry was completed in 1511 and the restored, Latin inscription on the prayer desk, now in the chapel to the south of the chancel, confirms this:  “Pray for John Evans, Parker of Coldridge, maker of this work in the third year of the reign of King Henry the Eighth”

Since the 1920’s examination by Beatrix Cresswell, others have speculated as to why John Evans created the stained-glass window depicting Edward V and, indeed, who in fact John Evans actually was? Despite the wealth of chancery records that exist there is no reference to the grant of the manor or deer park to Evans.  The crown above the Edward V image contains 41 deer as ermine spots, which is most unusual as they are usually stoat’s tails. 41 years takes us back from 1511 to 1470, the year of birth of Edward V - maybe a link between the deer parker and royalty?

It has been suggested, in two recent publications, that Evans may have been linked in some way to Edward V, and one suggests that he could even have been that royal person, maybe in hiding from either Richard III or his successor Henry VII. Alternatively, he could have been a Welsh soldier rewarded by Henry VII as a Yeoman of the Crown for services after Bosworth.

If, however unlikely it may be, Evans was actually Edward V, then it is possible that Elizabeth, the prince’s mother, struck a deal with either Richard or Henry on the basis that the prince completely disappeared.  This could have been facilitated by his half brother Thomas Grey who owned lands in Devon and ‘E.V.’ then became ‘EVan’s’!

Research is currently ongoing under the leadership of Philippa Langley MBE and her Missing Princes Project, to explore the possible link between Evans and Edward V.

Philippa is very well-known for having led the successful search for the remains of Richard III at Leicester.

The church contains another mystery. Above the door, inside the chapel to the south of the chancel, is the small inverted image of a Tudor lady with a long tongue (see photo below). Recently two similar inverted images have been found in close proximity to it. It would appear that wood carvers were making a hidden protest for either political or religious reasons. The lady being vilified may have been Mary I (Bloody Mary.)  She was responsible for the execution of Henry Grey, a staunch Protestant and in opposition to Mary’s Roman Catholicism. Henry was a descendant of Thomas Grey, and father of Lady Jane Grey. He owned the Coldridge land that was subsequently attained by the Crown following Henry’s execution and the images may have been a local protest at this. Strangely there is another inverted carving in the shield on the Evan’s Tomb that appears to say the word “king”.

If you love English history or you are into ‘ancient murder mysteries’, then you might wish to help us investigate this story a bit more deeply. Is ‘John Evans’ in fact Edward V? Who exactly was the ‘Parker of Coldridge’ in the 15th century? Is one of the ‘Princes in the Tower’ buried here in Coldridge? Is there a Coldridge connection with ‘Bloody Mary’? Who knows? Do you?

 

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  • Coldridge, Crediton EX17 6AX

Historic Monument Heritage & Culture

Cycling in Oakford

Oakford

Welcome to Oakford

The beautiful historic parish of Oakford lies north of Tiverton near to Exmoor National Park. Although not open to the public, Oakford's ancient Manor House has been within the same family ownership for over 800 years. Close to Junction 27 of the M5 Motorway and Tiverton Parkway Railway Station, Oakford is conveniently located and easily reached by visitors.

With numerous stunning rural walks through wooded valleys and open countryside, there is no shortage of interest for the keen or casual walker. Most of the walks conveniently start and finish in the middle of Oakford village at the highly-rated ’The Red Lion Hotel’. For those who enjoy walking on high open moorland and along steep valleys, Exmoor is within a short driving distance. Wild deer can be seen grazing both locally around Oakford and on Exmoor, which is also home to the famous Exmoor ponies.

Things to Do

  • Excellent trout fishing can be found at the beautiful Bellbrook Valley Trout Fishery, to the east of Oakford village. It has a national reputation as one of the best fly fishing and trout fisheries in the country.
  • Stuckeridge Shoot also has a fine reputation, both nationally and internationally, for its pheasant shooting. With drives within Oakford and adjacent Stoodleigh, visitors from around the world travel here for a good day of shooting.
  • Visit the Oakford Community Field and try a game of pétanque (by arrangement with the Parish Council). Children can enjoy themselves on the play equipment, or just run around and enjoy this beautiful rural environment.

Places to See

  • Oakford boasts the beautiful and ancient church of St. Peter, which nestles in the heart of the village. Known as the cathedral of the Exe Valley for its grandness, The Church of St. Peter is widely respected for its fine architecture and interior. Visitors are always welcome.
  • Nearby attractions and sites of historic interest outside of the village include: Wimbleball Lake, Tarr Steps, Exmoor Pony Centre, and Dulverton Heritage Centre.

Places to Eat

  • The Red Lion Hotel provides a restaurant and guest accommodation in Oakford’s village. Their regular and seasonal menus feature locally sourced produce, handcrafted into beautiful dishes for your enjoyment.
  • Conveniently close to Oakford village in Oakfordbridge is the excellent Bark House Guest House and Tea Room. Only a stone’s throw outside of the parish boundary across the Exe, it is positioned next to the river with gardens on its banks.
  • Exmoor Food Festival; every year in February, a range of restaurants on and around Exmoor offer outstanding food at an affordable price as part of the Exmoor Food Festival.

Nearby

Towns and Villages

Raddon Top

Raddon Top

Raddon Top is the highest point of the Raddon Hills in Shobrooke. It can be seen from Cadbury Castle.  

A perfect lookout across the valley and the top of Dartmoor in the distance - why not take a picnic and enjoy the view.

  • Free
  • Shobrooke, Crediton, Devon

Viewpoint

Cadbury Castle Hillfort

A prehistoric site overlooking the Exe valley stands the remains of an Iron Age defended hilltop site - known as Cadbury Castle.

The views are simply breathtaking, with Dartmoor and Exmoor easily visible.
The hilltop is part of the Fursdon estate. While walking around the site there are a number of information boards providing the rich history of the site.
The view is stunning and a must see for any visitor.
There is no official parking for the site but locals use the lay-by or the wider part of the lane near the church.
Why not take a walk up to the hilltop to see for yourself.
  • Free
  • Cadbury, Devon, EX5 5JZ

Historic Monument Place of Interest Picnic Spot Viewpoint

Culmstock Beacon

Culmstock

Welcome to Culmstock

Culmstock (meaning Farm on the River Culm) is both a village and a parish located on the border with Somerset.  A large part of the parish lies within the Blackdown Hills AONB with walks to Culmstock Beacon and Wellington Monument.

Historically, Culmstock fell within the boundaries of the Hemyock Hundred. It was at one time prosperous as a centre of weaving and the wool trade. The Fox Brothers built a mill there in 1822 to spin yarn.  Part of the mill can still be seen from Blackwater Road, just past the Village Hall.

Culmstock has one public house and one shop located in the village next to the river Culm.

Interesting Facts

  • R D Blackmore (author of Lorna Doone) lived in Culmstock for six years whilst his father, John Blackmore, was curate-in-charge of the parish.  Blackmore’s lesser known novel Perlycross is based on Culmstock and the Culm Valley.
  • The ‘Legend of Culmstock Bridge’ echoes the ancient tale of Franklin Nights.  Around 1,000 years ago, May 19th – 21st was known as ‘Frankinmass’ (or ‘Francimass’).  Frankan was a maltster (beer brewer) who, as a result of declining sales due to the popularity of cider, made a deal with the Devil.  The story goes that the Devil and Frankan had a fight on Culmstock Bridge, with the victor throwing the other off the bridge into the River Culm.  Each year on 21st May, this fight is repeated. If Frankan wins, the Devil kills off the apple blossom with a late frost; if the Devil wins, cider makers will have a good year.

What's On in Culmstock?

Annual events in Culmstock include:

  • A garden fête takes place one Saturday afternoon each June
  • The annual flower, vegetable and craft show on the August Bank Holiday Monday
  • All Saints Church joins in the annual Heritage Open Day event in September, providing church and tower tours with refreshments
  • Culmstock Soapbox Derby takes place each September
  • There are regular music events at the Culm Valley Inn

Places to See

  • Culmstock Beacon is an Elizabethan structure used to warn of a Spanish invasion. It is a flintstone, beehive-shaped structure with outstanding panoramic views across the Culm Valley.
  • Whilst en route to visiting the Beacon, head through the Little Breach Reserve – a butterfly conservation area situated on two small meadows between the heathland common and adjoining forestry.
  • Culmstock’s Parish Church, All Saints Church, is a listed medieval building, extended with a north aisle and clerestory in 1824/25 and best known for the 200-year old yew tree growing out from the top of the tower.
  • Culmstock, being split either side of the River Culm, is connected via grade II listed stone Culmstock Bridge of medieval origins. The bridge features pedestrian refuges and 6 archways.

Places to Eat

  • The Culm Valley Inn, formerly the Railway Hotel, sits next to the bridge over the River Culm and provides food all day. With its car park covering the site of what was Culmstock Station, the Culm Valley Inn provides a proud display of photograph memorabilia from Culmstock’s railway days.
  • The Strand Stores is a café, village shop and deli all rolled into one.  The Strand offers a wide selection of local produce in its store and menu with inside and outside seating areas.
  • Visitors are welcome to book the Culmstock Community Gardens Pavilion for a self-catering function space.  Located in the playing field, there is a pavilion, BBQ house with two charcoal BBQs and two banqueting tables that seat 18 people on each.  For booking information and terms of use, please see the Parish Council's website.

Places to Stay

  • There is bed and breakfast accommodation within the village and luxury self-catering accommodation just outside the parish.

Nearby

  • Burlescombe
  • Hemyock
  • Holcombe Rogus
  • Uffculme
  • Wellington

Towns and Villages

Bluebells at Stoodleigh

Stoodleigh

Welcome to Stoodleigh

Stoodleigh lies about 800ft above the Exe Valley, roughly equidistant between the north and south Devon coasts and near the Devon/Somerset border. The village is about 6 miles north of Tiverton and 5 miles south of Bampton. It is an area of natural beauty on the Exmoor fringe, characterised by rolling hills and scattered woodland. On a clear day, both Dartmoor and Exmoor can be viewed from the surrounding hills. It retains an air of isolation that many find attractive. The centre of the village is a Conservation Area. The village has easy access to the A361 North Devon Link Road with links to Barnstaple and the M5 (J27).

Interesting Facts

  • Stoodleigh has some interesting tales behind its place names: Gibbett Moor was the site of the gibbet, where many a sheep stealer was hanged. Hangmans Hill also has a sad story behind its name. An old sailor, returning from serving his time in the press gang, reached the vicinity of hill when he saw an old crone who lived nearby.  She was walking towards him with a crow perched on her shoulder. This sight terrified him so much he went off and hanged himself. Quoit-at-Cross was not where quoits were once played, but is instead the site of an old burial ground.
  • The ancient Stoodleigh Beacon, on the top of Warbrightsleigh Hill, is said to have been erected by order of King Edward II "when he doubted of the landing of his queen Isabel and Sir John of Henold" referring to Isabel's Invasion of England in 1326.
  • There are two grade II listed bridges in Stoodleigh: 'Cove Bridge' and 'Iron Mill Bridge'. The iron bridge was constructed across the River Exe by Thomas Daniel of Stoodleigh Court in the mid 1800's. Its design mirrors aspects introduced by Brunel (although there is no evidence of Brunel's involvement with this bridge).  However, very few other examples of this type of construction have survived.
  • Near to Stoodleigh is the circular earthwork 'Castle Close', that is most likely to be an Iron Age Hillfort or enclosure.
  • Film and TV writer Martin Booth, known for his work on The American (2010), The Russ Abbot Show (1986) and Evolution's Child (1999), lived in Stoodleigh before his death in 2004.

What's On?

A number of events take place throughout the year in the village including an annual flower show, Easter and Autumn Markets and Christmas Fayre.  The Parish Church also hosts occasional classical music concerts.

Things to do

  • There is a children’s playground situated next to St Margaret’s Church, where children can swing, climb and slide, or walk the wobbly beam! Bring a picnic; there is plenty of room on the grass or at the table.
  • Stoodleigh Cricket Club play on the village ground. Both the cricket and view are worth seeing! For cricket fixtures during the summer months see https://parish.middevon.gov.uk/stoodleigh/parish-groups-organisations/cricket-club/
  • Walkers visit the area specifically to enjoy the countryside walks along hillsides, beside streams and through woodland. All the recorded public rights of way in Stoodleigh can be found on the Devon County Council website at https://map.devon.gov.uk/dccviewer/MyLocalPaths/

Places to Visit

  • Stoodleigh's parish church, 'The Church of St Margaret’, is believed to have been built in Norman times near the manor known as Stoodleigh Barton. The first recorded incumbent was installed in 1264 and the current building dates from the 15th century.
  • Stoodleigh Court is a premier wedding and conference venue set in a historic manor house in Devon's countryside.
  • Devon Badger Watch  is a kid-friendly venue offering up-close views of badgers in a natural setting, plus photography events.
  • The ancient Stoodleigh Beacon offers stunning views across Exmoor and to Dartmoor and is of interest to visitors and trigpointers.

Places to Eat

  • For those staying in the village or passing through, a warm welcome and good company awaits you at the Stoodleigh Inn. In fine weather, the lovely large garden provides a great opportunity to sit outside and relax or enjoy a sofa seat indoors by the fire if it's chilly outside.

Nearby

  • Bampton
  • Oakford
  • Rackenford
  • Templeton
  • Washfield

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Hembury Fort

Hembury Fort lies in the Blackdown Hills on a plateau just outside Honiton on the A373. This was the site of a prehistoric Iron Age hillfort and you now find the ancient remains of the defensive ramparts. The site is of significant interest to many groups including archaeologists, conservationists and ecologists. In the Spring, the woods surrounding the plateau are covered with a blanket of bluebells.

Nowadays, you can enjoy the circular walk around the top of the plateau with stunning and far reaching views of the Otter Valley reaching to the coast on a clear day. A small and basic car park can be reached, just off the A373 as you come to the crest of Hembury Hill on the right, coming from Cullompton and the left from Honiton. Once parked, you need to cross the A373 to reach the start of the climb to Hembury Fort.

Worth noting - Traffic can be fast along this road and visibility limited on the bends.

Only a 5 minute drive from Hembury Fort, is the Hamlet of Weston, where you will find The Otter Inn. On a sunny day you can sit and enjoy a refreshing drink in the large beer garden alongside the tranquil River Otter.

Acknowledgement

Image courtesy of Martin Bodman / Broadhembury: south to Hembury / CC BY-SA 2.0

Historic Monument Outdoor Walking

Hillerton Cross in Bow

Bow

Welcome to Bow

Bow is originally a street-village on the old road between Crediton and Okehampton. Set in the scenic undulating countryside between Dartmoor and Exmoor, Bow is the geographical centre of Devon. Surrounding countryside is a mix of rich red farmland to the north with contrasting environmentally rich grass, trees and woodland stretching to the southern boundary.

With its unusual high cobbled pavement running the length of the main street, Bow village comprises a blend of traditional cob and thatch properties alongside more modern dwellings.

A good regular bus service runs to Exeter, Barnstaple and Okehampton.

Interesting Facts

  • Charles I stayed one night in Bow during the Civil War when he was chasing the Earl of Essex into Cornwall.
  • It is believed that Bow and its neighbouring ‘Nymet’ villages are on the site of a possible Celtic Sanctuary. Nymet comes from the word ‘nemeton’, meaning ‘a sacred grove’.  There is a 3rd millennium BC woodhenge west of the village, believed to have been a centre for pagan worship. Its 19 post holes were discovered by aerial photography in 1984. Please note: this is on private land and not available to public access
  • Uniquely, Bow retains its own water supply. Many households and some commercial premises have enjoyed their own Bow Water since 1859.

What's On in Bow?

There are regular live music events at Bow Village Hall. Paschoe House holds ‘Yoga Tuesdays’ and other events including seasonal specials, craft workshops and themed meals with live entertainment.

Places to See

  • Church of St Bartholomew, a Grade I listed building in the neighbouring hamlet of Nymet Tracey.  Local tradition tells that the original church was built by Sir William de Tracey as a penance for his involvement in the murder of St. Thomas á Becket. The face of a de Tracey knight is carved over the south entrance to the church.
  • Historic Celtic Spring (or Holy Well) “Paddocks Well” near the parish church towards Walson Barton.

Places to Eat

  • The White Hart is a traditional public house providing tasty meals
  • Bow Garden and Aquatic Centre is a popular destination for visitors with its Waterside Café serves hot and cold lunches
  • Set amid 25 acres of gardens, Paschoe House country hotel offers afternoon teas and a fine dining restaurant

Nearby

Acknowledgement

Image courtesy of Martin Bodman / Bow: Hillerton Cross / CC BY-SA 2.0

Towns and Villages

Crediton Church

Crediton Parish Church

Crediton Parish Church (formerly called the Church of the Holy Cross and the Mother of Him who Hung Thereon) is a prominent building in the historic market town of Crediton. The church stands on the site of what was Devon’s first Saxon cathedral until 1050. A Norman church was eventually built in its place in the 1130s when a collegiate church was established. The nave and chancel were completely rebuilt in the 15th century and still stand today.
The church escaped demolition during the reformation when the collegiate churches were dissolved.

When visiting the church look out for the War Memorial Organ, an heraldic window showing the arms of historic families and a memorial to Redvers Buller.

The church is generally open to visitors throughout daylight hours in summer and winter. Guides are usually available to give church tours for a small donation on Saturday mornings.

Sandford

Sandford is a rural parish with a great sense of community.  It has two pubs (The Rose and Crown and The Lamb Inn), a community shop with Post Office, two recreation grounds and a tennis court.  There is a dedicated footpath/cycleway from Sandford village to Crediton via the 'Millennium Green'.

There are many important historic estates within the area, four of which fall within Sandford's parish.  One is Dowrich Farm; an old Castle keep, from which a 15th Century gatehouse still survives, next to the ancient Dowrich House Grade II listed mansion house.  The Grade II listed school building dates from 1825 and is notable for its classical Greek architecture and cob walls, thought to be the highest of their kind in the country.  St Swithun's Church in Sandford has traces in its structure to the Saxon period, with the majority of its building dating to the 13th and 14th centuries.  The Church is known for its wonderful array of 16th century carved bench ends depicting various different figures.

Annual Events include:

  • The Sandford Flower Show held on the August Bank Holiday Monday
  • The Sandford School Strawberry Fair held in July
  • The Scarecrow  Trail held in the summer holidays, and
  • The Sandford Congregational Church Christmas Tree Festival.

Sandford is also well known for its Olde Worlde Street Markets held in Church Street. A 1940's themed Street Market is likely to take place in May 2020 to mark the 75th Anniversary of V.E. Day.

Acknowledgement

Image courtesy of Martin Bodman / Sandford: East Village / CC BY-SA 2.0

Towns and Villages

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St Michael and All Angels Church

The church, which stands in the centre of Bampton, contains many interesting features and curiosities. The church you can see today in part dates from the early twelfth century but this replaced a religious building that had been there much earlier. Keep an eye out for a stone tablet at the base of the tower with an unusual inscription, an original late Saxon window arch, traces of medieval wall decoration and three green men among other interesting details. You can even see the old town stocks which were reportedly last used in 1862 to improve the mind of a man who had over-indulged in alcohol.
In the churchyard you will find two ancient yew trees which are thought to have been planted over 500 years ago. Yew trees are poisonous to livestock so the trunks of these specimens are encased in stone to stop grazing cattle from nibbling them.

The church is also home to the Heritage & Visitor Centre which features fascinating local artefacts and lots more information about the town’s rich heritage. You can visit the church during the Heritage Centre’s opening hours. These times may occasionally change due to church services.

Tarr Steps

Tarr Steps is an ancient clapper bridge, a bridge made of unmortared stone slabs, which crosses the River Barle about 6.5 miles upstream from Dulverton. the Grade I listed bridge, possibly dating back to 1,000BC, is the longest of its kind in Britain and a scheduled Ancient Monument. Some of the stones weigh 5 tons and were said to have been placed there by the Devil to win a bet. The bridge is nestled in the beautiful wooded valley of the River Barle, well known for its wildlife and well worth exploring.

In recent years the waters have come over the stones in times of flood and the bridge has had to be repaired several times as the stones of up to two tonnes have been washed downstream.

A popular circular walk, known as the Jubilee Trail, runs upstream of the bridge following the orange way marks crossing a footbridge to return on the other side.

The on site pay and display car park, with toilets and information boards, is just a short 500m walk away from the bridge itself. The permissive path is steep and can be tricky for those with disabilities or limited mobility. There is a smaller car park for easier access next to the River Barle and the Tarr Farm Inn. Please note that sat navs can direct visitors to the other side of the river from the car park but the ford cannot be crossed by any other vehicle than a 4x4 with high ground clearance.

The inn nearby provides drinks and refreshments or there are plenty of spots to stop for a picnic.

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Tiverton Town Centre

Tiverton

Tiverton is the largest town in Mid Devon. It has good transport connections being close to the M5, and Tiverton Parkway Train Station, which is on the main railway line.  There are frequent trains to Bristol, London, the Midlands and the North of England, as well as Exeter, Plymouth and Cornwall.

This historic market town is blessed with some unique attractions. It is home to the award-winning Grand Western Canal Country Park which was established in 1971. This is one of the last remaining in the country still operating a horse drawn barge. Come and appreciate the beauty of the 11.5 mile stretch, which meanders through the Devon countryside. The canal provides a cycle route along its towpath and there are boats available to hire during the summer season.

Tiverton possesses its very own castle, originally built in the 11th Century but later adapted in the 13th and 14th centuries. A victim of General Fairfax, a lucky canon shot hit and destroyed much of the castle. It was redesigned as a fortified manor house in the 17th century. The Castle has been the home to powerful medieval Earls of Devon and even a Plantagenet Princess. It is now a private family home but is open to the public on selected days during the week. The Castle contains a pretty courtyard garden and an extensive armour collection.

The town centre is proud of its independent traders with Gold Street being celebrated as its independent quarter. This trendy street with architecture dating back to the 1600's hosts a plethora of cultural experiences, offering restaurants, cafés, art galleries, specialist boutiques and high end gift wares.

Mid Devon Leisure Centre is located close to the town centre.  It offers a state-of-the-art fitness studio, along with a swimming pool and tennis courts.

The iconic Knightshayes Court National Trust Property can be located a mile from the town centre. This eccentric Victorian Gothic revival house is surrounded by parkland, great for walks.  It was the home of the Heathcoat-Amory's and contains a formal garden, woodland and renowned kitchen walled garden. A play park is available for children looking to burn off some extra energy.

Tiverton boasts a town trail and a tree trail which lead the visitor on a tour of the town's heritage. Information regarding both of these is available from the town's Tourist Information Service at Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life.

The Museum is itself award-winning and contains a host of local artefacts, rural and agricultural equipment. It houses the famous "Tivvy Bumper" steam train complete with a mock-up of the train station. Children are welcome to step aboard this charming engine and sound its whistle.

The historic Pannier Market building is located at the core of the town. This plays host to general markets during weekdays and award-winning streetfood night market events monthly during the summer season. It is also an important community hub hosting one off specialist events throughout the year.

Towns and Villages

Wellington Monument

Wellington Monument

Situated on the Blackdown Hills, Wellington Monument has panoramic views over the Somerset countryside. There are picturesque walks around the monument and through the tree lined avenue, or just enjoy a picnic. Wellington Monument is 175ft high and is the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world. It was started in 1817 and was completed in 1853 and was built to celebrate Arthur Wellesley – the 1st Duke of Wellington's victory over Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo. Lightning strikes in 1846 and possibly again in the early 1850s caused serious structural damage and sadly access to the base of the monument is currently prohibited to protect the public from the risk of falling stone debris.  The monument is now part of the National Trust and they are currently raising the £3 million required to repair the building.

The monument is around 500m from the car park. There is an easy access path up to the Monument with some rest stops.
There are no toilet facilities on site.

Historic Monument Outdoor Picnic Spot Walking Viewpoint

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Wimbleball Lake

Wimbleball Lake is situated in the hills on the South East corner of Exmoor National Park. Wimbleball Lake is a reservoir lake managed by the South West Lakes Trust and the area is open to the public for recreational activities. Take in the views or watch out for birds with walks around the various nature paths or across Wimbleball Dam to watch water cascade down. There is plenty to keep you active with off road cycling, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding on offer. There are also opportunities for archery, high ropes, climbing and fishing. Facilities include changing rooms and showers, as well as a cafe and children’s play area. Wimbleball is the perfect spot for dog walkers. Sadly swimming in the lake is not permitted for health and safety reasons.

 

Exmoor Pony next to Winsford Hill Stone

Winsford Hill

Winsford Hill is a heath-covered common, managed by the National Trust.  The three Bronze Age Wambarrows mark the highest point, with good views to Dunkery, Dartmoor and the Blackdown Hills.  It is a popular place to see the pure-bred Exmoor ponies and to view The Punchbowl, a unique geological feature of the hill.

Below it, to the South West, runs the River Barle as it flows through the sheltered wooded valley and is crossed by the iconic Tarr Steps, an ancient 'clapper' bridge.

The common can be easily found from the centre of Winsford by taking the lane to the right of the Royal Oak Inn.  There are gentle walks on the hill and along the River Barle to Tarr Steps.  Parking for coaches and with facilities is close by.

At Spire Cross, there is a standing stone inscribed 'CARAACI NEPUS', which means a relative of Caratacus, possibly the British leader who resisted the Roman invasion.  However, the stone appears to have been inscribed centuries after his death.  It once lay broken but now has a small shelter to protect it.

It is thought that the stone dates from the 6th Century and was probably erected as a memorial to a person who claimed the first-century British Chieftain Caratacus as an ancestor.

In the 17th century, Tom Faggus, a highwayman and a gentleman (and also featured in RD Blackmore's 'Lorna Doone'), was said to have held up travellers near the inn in nearby Winsford village.  The village Church is a Grade I listed building and has six bells, the four heaviest were made by Thomas Bilbie in Cullompton in 1765.

Historic Monument Outdoor Place of Interest Viewpoint Nature and Wildlife

Rainbow over Kennerleigh Community Shop

Kennerleigh

Kennerleigh is a small hamlet tucked away in the beautiful countryside.  Surrounded by fields and hillsides, with a network of footpaths discover the farming heartland of Mid Devon. It shares a circular walk with Woolfardisworthy.

It has a strong community spirit with a community-run shop that provides locally-sourced everyday essentials.

Kennerleigh Church is dedicated to St John the Baptist, whose festival is celebrated on Midsummer’s day each year.  The lovely Church building is central to the Parish and has held regular worship for nearly six centuries.  Growing from a small chapel of ease, it is now one of modest size suitable for Kennerleigh's needs as a community. The Church building is lovingly cared for and decorated and the churchyard is regularly maintained by teams of dedicated volunteers.

The nearest pub is the Black Dog Inn (which is also a B&B). They hold monthly theme nights such as Greek, Indian, Thai etc.

Towns and Villages

Cullompton High Street

Cullompton

Cullompton is a quiet country town positioned at junction 28 of the M5. Cullompton provides access to some of the prettiest villages in and around the Culm Valley.

Cullompton has a number of good quality restaurants with a wide variety on offer. The high street comes alive a few times a year celebrating a number of festivals across the town including SpringFest in April, Autumn food and drink fest in October and a Christmas Lights festival in December.

Cullompton's Farmers' Market is present in the high street the second Saturday of every month. This award winning market only selects producers within a 30 mile radius of Cullompton, ensuring fresh, local and authentic produce is always available.

It is home to a number of landmarks including the Walronds (a 1605 manor house), St Andrew's Church , the Manor House (grade ll listed building) and the Community Association Fields.

Cullompton's architecture along the high street makes you want to discover its heritage in this conservation area. The Town Trail (Cloth trade trail) allows you to follow its history throughout the town with leaflets available from the Town Council's information point. There are a number of circular walks which start from the town and soon take you out enjoying the countryside.

For more information about Cullompton's history follow the link http://www.cullomptontowncouncil.gov.uk/History_6658.aspx

Car parking is available at Station road

Towns and Villages

The Walronds

The Walronds Garden

 

In the centre of the market town of Cullompton is this impressive historic house, fronting onto Fore Street and with a large garden to the rear open for the public to enjoy all year round.

 

Heritage & Culture Houses and Gardens

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St Andrew's Church

St Andrew’s Church is regarded as one of the finest parish churches in England and recorded by Simon Jenkins in his book “England’s Thousand Best Churches” (Penguin 1999) as one of the thousand best churches in the country.

The Church is particularly distinguished by four main architectural features:
  1. The main nave and chancel ceiling,
  2. The impressive 135ft stone tower,
  3. The quality of Lane’s aisle and its fan vaulted roof,
  4. The splendid decorated continuous width rood screen

The church is very prominent from the high street and worth a walk down Church street to see it.

For more information about the church visit https://standrewscullompton.com/about-us/church-history-overview/

 

Indoor Place of Interest Heritage & Culture

Eggesford Forest

Eggesford Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, is an ideal centre for short walks, fishing and mountain-biking.  The circular walk is dog-friendly and offers unspoilt beauty and charm with a stream and plenty of wildlife and unusual wildflowers as well as an ancient Motte and Bailey castle.

The forest consists of a network of trails and paths that link the different woodlands and also connect to the Tarka rail line at Eggesford Station, All Saints Church and a Garden Centre.  The woods have some magnificent Douglas Fir trees and the woodland provides a diverse habitat for a variety of birds, mammals and insects.

The area by the River Taw is the ideal place to spot some Kingfishers and Otters. Keen fishermen (subject to licences) could also try their luck at catching salmon or trout here (you will need waders to reach the best pools).

Acknowledgement

Image courtesy of Barrie Cann / Autumn colour in Eggesford Forest / CC BY-SA 2.0

Nature and Wildlife Activity & Adventure

Culmstock Beacon

Culmstock Beacon

High on the southwest point of Blackdown Common is Culmstock Beacon. It is one of a chain of Elizabethan beacons used for lighting fires to warn of advancing enemies, for example, The Spanish Armada.

The beehive-shaped structure was built of flint. It was rebuilt in 1870 after the collapse of the earlier one.

Culmstock Beacon is a wildlife haven with stunning views, particularly in the late summer when the bell-heather is in bloom. Access via public bridleway

Blackdown Hills - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Viewpoint

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The Countryside Code:

  • Respect other people and enjoy the outdoors and the communities you visit.
  • Leave gates and property as you find them.
  • Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home.
  • Keep dogs under effective control.
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