Culm Valley, Devon

The Culm Valley is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Mid Devon. The River Culm is the longest tributary of the Exe, rising in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset and flowing through the villages of Hemyock, Culmstock and Uffculme before turning into Cullompton and eventually joining the Exe on the outskirts of Exeter. That first part of its route is certainly the prettiest, with some excellent riverside walks taking in lush meadows and old stone bridges where you can stop and eat your cheese roll. Take a detour to climb up to Culm Beacon for the most spectacular views that roll on and on for miles across the landscape.

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