GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Culmstock Beacon

6 miles (9.5 km)

This walk climbs to Culmstock Beacon in the Blackdown Hills AONB. You'll also visit Black Down Common where there's extensive heathland supporting a wide variety of flora and fauna.
The walk starts from Millhayes, just north of Hemyock, on the River Culm. You follow quiet country lanes west and then north to Culm Davy, passing the little chapel on the way. The route then climbs past Culm Davy Hill and through the associated woodland. Bear left and you will soon come to Culmstock Beacon where you will find a stone signal station built to warn of the Spanish Armada in 1588. From the 250m (820ft) summit there are magnificent views over the surrounding countryside of Somerset and Devon.
You can continue your walk across Black Down Common where you will often see horses and a variety of birdlife. The large common is a great place for walkers with lots of footpaths and more fantastic views from its elevated position.
To extend your walking in the area head a couple of miles to the north east and visit the Wellington Monument.
Just to the south of the beacon you will find the village of Culmstock where you can enjoy waterside footpaths through the River Culm Valley.

Culmstock Beacon OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Culmstock Beacon Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head into nearby Hemyock and there's The Catherine Wheel for refreshments. The pub serves good quality food, including a carvery. You can find them at postcode EX15 3RQ. They also have a garden area and are dog friendly.
Hemyock is also notable as the largest village in the Blackdown Hills AONB. It includes an ancient ruined castle and views of the River Culm so is worthy of some investigation itself.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the south west there's Uffculme where you can visit the lovely deer park on the Bridwell Estate. In the village there's also the historic Coldharbour Mill with its fascinating working wool museum.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Hemyock, Culm Davy chapel - - 178766

Hemyock, Culm Davy chapel

Hemyock, the village from Culm Davy - - 178765

Hemyock, the village from Culm Davy

Culmstock, Black Down Common - - 178760

Culmstock, Black Down Common

Culmstock, Culmstock Beacon - - 213525

Culmstock, Culmstock Beacon

Culmstock, towards Sampford Point - - 178762

Culmstock, towards Sampford Point

Culmstock, Black Down Common - - 178759

Culmstock, Black Down Common


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Culmstock Beacon.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)