Welcome to Culm Valley Publishing. Based in the heart of the West Country, CVP specialises in walking guidebooks for Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. Our spectacular coastlines, historic towns and, of course, Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor are included, together with the Quantocks, the Mendips, the Blackdown Hills and many other areas of outstanding natural beauty. All the walks in our books are circular.
Most of our guides cover countryside walking and the varied, and often spectacular, circular walks on offer will appeal to birdwatchers and photographers as well as to walkers. All our titles have been published since 2011 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 as much to those who live in and love the West Country as to visitors to the region. 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, including part of Exmoor, arrived at the beginning of April 2013. Circular Walks in the South Hams: exploring South Devon will be out by Easter 2014 and other future titles will cover Dartmoor and West Devon.
Our 'Favourite Walks' series saw its first title published in September 2013: 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. See 'Testimonials' page.
The West Country has much to offer scenically and our range of beautiful greetings cards and prints reflects this, depicting the stunning and dramatic landscape in all its moods. All images in the books are available on request as cards and prints.
A wide range of West Country images will also be available to purchase through Culm Valley Publishing's photo library.
In addition to producing walking guidebooks, we have extensive background experience of publishing for the academic and photographic markets and we provide a freelance service for publications requiring articles and/or photography covering any aspect of the West Country.
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 self-publishing service, or if you would like to be added to our mailing list.