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Walking in the Heddon Valley, North Devon Welcome to Culm Valley Publishing, the website for SIMONE STANBROOK-BYRNE.

Based in the heart of the West Country, Simone specialises in feature writing for regional 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.


A Message from Simone

More than ten years after starting to write them, Culm Valley Publishing’s walking guide books are still as popular as ever – but changes are afoot.

In order to concentrate on the freelance writing that I do for regional and national magazines, I have decided to ‘retire’ the books. They are still available from many bookshops, other retail outlets and online (and I have a few stashed away myself if anyone is desperate) but once these stocks have gone they will no longer be reprinted. In due course the Cornish Publisher, Tor Mark, will take over the Licence and reprint the CVP titles.

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the people over the years who have bought these books – starting with the very first, pre-CVP title more than twenty years ago. I know you’ve enjoyed the walks from all the lovely feedback I still continue to receive. A very big thank you to all the shops who have stocked them and to the fabulous fulfillment and distribution team at NBN International – I couldn’t have done it without you!

I will still be writing new walks each month for Devon Life and Somerset Life, along with freelance features on a wide range of West Country topics for a variety of national and regional magazines, so the quill is still active.

You can still keep in touch. If you are struggling to find copies of the books please let me know and I will direct you to your nearest stockist.

Thanks to you all for supporting Culm Valley Publishing.

Simone x


Simone provides a freelance service for publications requiring articles, features and/or photography covering any aspect of the West Country and beyond. She has extensive background experience of publishing for the travel, academic and photographic markets and her work appears regularly in county and national magazines. Click for examples of published features.

Please contact Simone if you require further information about this service.

Lone pine at Raddon Hill, Thorverton, Devon



  Lone pine on Raddon Hills, Devon (Thorverton)

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