Culmstock, Cullompton, Devon
Culmstock is a peaceful little village out in the Blackdown Hills of Devon, some 10 miles from Tiverton and 6 miles from Cullompton and Wellington. The River Culm runs through the village and there’s an old legend that’s re-enacted every year, about a local brewer fighting the devil on the stone bridge in the main street and throwing him into the river. Believe what you will, but that sort of thing is all part of the charm of these rural villages.
At the height of the weaving and wool trade, Culmstock was quite a prosperous place but the Industrial Revolution put paid to that. It’s a much quieter place these days but there's a good sense of community, and with the backdrop of the beautiful scenery of the Culm Valley, the village is well worth a potter round if you’ve been for a walk up to Culm Beacon or a longer hike to Wellington Monument.
When you’re on your large group holidays nearby something that takes some beating is to get the bikes out and pedal through the winding lanes to Culmstock, and stop off for coffee and cake at The Strand Stores, or for a hearty lunch at The Culm Valley Inn. Perfick.
All information correct at the time of writing