Welcome to Culm Valley Publishing. Based in the heart of the West Country, CVP specialises in feature writing for county and national publications plus walking guide books with circular routes for Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. Our spectacular coastlines, historic towns and, of course, Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor are all covered, together with the Quantocks, the Mendips, the Blackdown Hills and many other areas of outstanding natural beauty.
We provide a freelance service for publications requiring articles, features and/or photography covering any aspect of the West Country and beyond. We have extensive background experience of publishing for the travel, academic and photographic markets and our work appears regularly in county and national magazines. Click for examples of published features.
Most of our guides cover countryside walking and the varied, and often spectacular, walks on offer will appeal to birdwatchers and photographers as well as to walkers. All the walks in our books are circular and all our titles have been recently published or revised, so are very up to date. Our flagship Dozen Dramatic series consists of: A Dozen Dramatic Walks in Devon, A Dozen Dramatic Walks in Somerset, A Dozen Dramatic Walks in Cornwall and A Dozen Dramatic Walks in Dorset. These beautifully-photographed books, with both colour plates and black and white photographs, will appeal to those who live in and love the West Country as well as to visitors to the South West. The drama is in the scenery – the walks aren't necessarily strenuous.
We have also published Circular Walks in Central Devon, a very popular guide exploring the Mid Devon area – a beautiful and oft-overlooked part of the county away from the better-known moors and coasts of Devon. The second title in this series is Circular Walks in East Devon, which also includes the Blackdown Hills and sections of the Jurassic Coast. Circular Walks in North Devon, covers part of Exmoor, the glorious north coast of Devon and some inland routes. Circular Walks in the South Hams: exploring South Devon takes us to one of the most picturesque parts of the county.
Favourite Walks in Devon is an edited collection of county-wide walks from writers who live in Devon and who share their favourite routes in one volume. Adam Hart-Davis has provided his original sketches and photographs to illustrate his walk and the book also includes a route by Simon Dell MBE around some of the Dartmoor locations used in the film 'War Horse'.
We also have a series covering 'urban' walking: Town Walks in Devon and Town Walks in Cornwall offer a very different kind of walk. These guides contain shortish rambles of discovery, looking at the historic sights and sites of some of Devon and Cornwall's lovely towns – a good way to avoid mud and sample tea shops.
All the titles have been well-received with much positive feedback from walkers, good coverage on BBC Radio and very encouraging reviews in newspapers and magazines. They were described by one reviewer as "standing out from all the other guides". See 'Testimonials' page.
The West Country has much to offer scenically and all the images in our books are available on request as cards and prints. Please contact us for more information.
Please contact Culm Valley Publishing if you are interested in purchasing our walking books or cards, if you require further information about our freelance service or if you would like to be added to our mailing list.